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How can mail get cross-contaminated with anthrax?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Only by design

Ordinary mail including packages will not pick up things like anthrax or other infectious agents.
For this to happen, someone would have to, on purpose, open one piece of mail and insert anthrax. There is no chance for accidental contamination.

In brief: Only by design

Ordinary mail including packages will not pick up things like anthrax or other infectious agents.
For this to happen, someone would have to, on purpose, open one piece of mail and insert anthrax. There is no chance for accidental contamination.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Spores

If a person mails anthrax spores by mail, the spores are small enough to penetrate paper and contaminate other pieces of mail that come in contact with the piece containing the spores.

In brief: Spores

If a person mails anthrax spores by mail, the spores are small enough to penetrate paper and contaminate other pieces of mail that come in contact with the piece containing the spores.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Traci Buxton
Family Medicine

In brief: Exposure

If one letter in a bin or pouch contains harmful bacteria, all the surrounding mail would also be exposed to the bacteria and become contaminated just as a rotten apple can spoil the whole bin.

In brief: Exposure

If one letter in a bin or pouch contains harmful bacteria, all the surrounding mail would also be exposed to the bacteria and become contaminated just as a rotten apple can spoil the whole bin.
Dr. Traci Buxton
Dr. Traci Buxton
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