A NBC News employee has tested positive for anthrax after handling “suspicious mail” at the Peacock’s Gotham headquarters.
NBC prexy Andrew Lack said at a press conference on Friday that the woman, who works on “Nightly News,” tested positive for cutaneous anthrax, which is contracted through the skin. Lack declined to divulge the employee’s name to protect her confidentiality and said that “she is in good health and in good care and getting all of the good treatment you would expect under the circumstances.”
Separately, The New York Times received mail containing a powdery substance on Friday and immediately contacted the Centers for Disease Control, the FBI and the NYC Department of Health.
As a precaution, Gotham Mayor Rudy Giuliani said tests would be done at NBC offices in Rockefeller Center and that some areas would be closed. Any NBC employees who might have been exposed will be tested and will be administered antibiotics in case they were infected.
In a memo, Lack and NBC chair-CEO Bob Wright assured the net’s employees that “we have no reason to believe that this particular incident has spread beyond this individual employee.”
The cutaneous anthrax infection is not the same respiratory anthrax that was reported at The American Media building in Florida.
An FBI spokesman said there was no connection between this case and the terrorist attacks of September 11.