Anthrax false alarms disrupt business

Experts advise public to remain calm but be careful
||Last Updated: 07/21/2003

The fear of contracting anthrax is more widespread than the disease itself, say health experts. That anxiety has infiltrated places of employment, resulting in work stoppages and even work refusals.

Recent reports of “mysterious” powders feared to be anthrax include the following:

•In Halifax, a white powder found on a computer keyboard cleared an office building. The powder was determined to be benign, though it hasn’t been absolutely identified. Preliminary findings suggest it could be cookie crumbs.