Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
"The US Postal Service processes more than 200 billion pieces of mail
per year, utilizing 38,000 post offices." "On average, every person in our
country receives two to three items of mail a day." "In October 2001, it was
becoming clear that the mail could be a much more simple, inexpensive, and
efficient means of germ dispersion than any other previously known method."
"Anthrax bacilli literally can destroy the body's internal organs and tissues
in two to three days, multiplying from several thousand to trillions. By the
time a victim of inhalation anthrax dies, 30% of that individual's blood weight
may be live anthrax bacilli."
Wecht CH. Anthrax Letters. JAMA. 2004;292(3):388. doi:10.1001/jama.292.3.388