Tests show no evidence of anthrax from hospital

Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2002

No hazardous substance was found on a hospital business envelope sent for testing on March 12, according to reports from the Alaska State Troopers Criminal Investigative Bureau and the state of Alaska Office of Epidemiology.

Troopers responded to the incident March 12 at Central Peninsula General Hospital after a business office employee found what appeared to be white powder in an envelope she opened.

The hospital immediately implemented the newest procedures put in place to deal with the threat of bioterrorism. Hospital officials isolated the area, contacted troopers and called the Office of Epidemiology.

Hospital administrator Jay Seigfreid said he is grateful to state officials and emergency teams for responding quickly.

"We are very pleased that the tests came back negative for any indication of biological threat and appreciate the prompt action action on the part of state officials and the troopers. It is good to know that the system is working to protect the health and safety of our patients and this community," Seigfreid said.

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