CDC SAYS TABLOID READERS SAFE FROM ANTHRAX INFECTION

Asserts Paper and Ink Can't Carry Infection

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention late Tuesday assured consumers who feared contracting anthrax from American Media's tabloids that their concerns were groundless.

In a prepared statement, the CDC said, "We are aware of concerns that have been expressed by the general public about Anthrax being transmitted through paper and ink. The public is at no risk of disease from handling printed paper. There is no risk of exposure of anthrax being transmitted by handling any tabloids or any publications published by American Media."

As first reported on Adage.com Tuesday, American Media CEO David Pecker had taken the extraordinary step of coaxing a statement from the CDC to quell consumer fears.

Worried readers had contacted supermarkets after the death of one American Media employee from

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anthrax and the reported discovery of anthrax spores within the building -- as well as another employee who tested positive for the spores while remaining asymptomatic.

Consumers feared they could catch the disease from the publisher's stable of supermarket tabloids, among them the National Enquirer, The Star and The Sun.

American Media's Boca Raton, Fla., offices remained closed today as authorities continued to investigate.

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