- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)45
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)6
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)2
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)35
- Tanker truck catches fire near Oak Ridge (04/24/16)7
- Local company makes eco-friendly kitty litter that cuts cat-box smell (04/25/16)
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
Anthrax contamination taught key lessons
While there were so many positive discoveries in the health field in 2001, some researchers received lessons they probably didn't want as a result of the anthrax scare.
Consider the problems getting U.S. Senate majority leader Tom Daschle and 49 other senators back into their offices in the anthrax-infected Hart Senate Office Building in Washington.
Officials tried to pump poisonous gas into the building once to kill anthrax spores, but the humidity levels were wrong, and it didn't work.
The second attempt appears to have worked, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Scientists are analyzing test strips taken from the site, and others are checking samples from vacuuming and swabbing.
Daschle said the building could reopen this month.
Certainly, it was a hard lesson learned, but one that, unfortunately, we may have to use again in the future.
Meanwhile, there was an interesting contrast between the quick return by TV networks to offices contaminated by anthrax and those occupied by the federal government.