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Books, Journals, New Media
July 21, 2004

Anthrax Letters

Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2004;292(3):388. doi:10.1001/jama.292.3.388

"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."