This is the memo issued to NBC employees at Rockefeller Center earlier today.
To: NBC Employees
From: Bob Wright and Andy Lack
Date: October 12, 2001
Today we learned that one of our employees at 30 Rockefeller Center has tested positive for the cutaneous (skin) anthrax infection. It is important to note that this is NOT the same respiratory anthrax that has been reported in the news. Obviously, we are concerned for the
|An NBC news 'zipper' reports the New York studio's Anthrax case earlier today.
We have no reason to believe that this particular incident has spread beyond this individual employee.
We continue to work with the authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the FBI, and the NYC Department of Health, and there is an ongoing investigation.
At this point, we know that some suspicious mail was received. The NYC Department of Health, the CDC, and the FBI were contacted immediately. The mail was tested by these organizations, and the employee was treated by several physicians. All these tests came back negative. However, this morning, a later test on the employee came back positive for traces of cutaneous anthrax.
We have heightened security measures even further after events of September 11. We continue to work with the Department of Health, the FBI and the CDC to ensure employee safety and we will communicate all information as quickly and completely as possible. However, if you have concerns or questions, contact your department head or the NBC Medical Center. We are in the process of setting up an information center for employee questions and answers.
We will send another notice shortly with the phone number for the information center. As more information becomes available, we will share it with you immediately.
We will be holding a press conference today at noon with Mayor Giuliani. For those of you in New York, you will be a ble to watch on Jerrold. We will send you more details as soon as possible.