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Below is the policy used in New York State to determine if a specimen meets the criteria for testing at the state laboratory.

CRITERIA FOR WADSWORTH TESTING
FOR ANTHRAX OF ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIMENS
OCTOBER 16, 2001

  1. Situations in which there is not human illness:


    1. Is there a plausible threat?

      YES___ NO ___

      * A plausible threat includes an explicit verbal or written threat, or similar suspicious circumstances, that the FBI considers serious enough to conduct a criminal investigation.

    2. Is there powder/substance available for testing?

      YES ___ NO ___

    3. Was there a person or persons in direct contact with powder/substance (e.g. "direct" contact means skin contact with the powder, exposure to inhaled powder, etc.)?

      YES ___ NO ___


    WADSWORTH WILL TEST SPECIMENS MEETING ALL THREE OF THE ABOVE CRITERIA, AS WELL AS THOSE THAT MEET ONE AND TWO AND ARE DETERMINED HIGH RISK BY THE FBI/STATE POLICE.


  2. Situations in which there is human illness:


    1. Is there a person who has cutaneous or systemic illness consistent with anthrax and who had contact with a suspicious material?

      YES ___ NO ___

    2. Is the suspicious material available for testing?

      YES ___ NO ___


    IF "YES"TO BOTH QUESTIONS, THEN SPECIMEN
    WILL BE TESTED AT WADSWORTH LAB.

    WADSWORTH LAB WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY SPECIMEN UNTIL THE FBI (OR STATE POLICE LAB) HAS CALLED THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO AUTHORIZE TESTING. SPECIMENS WILL BE ACCEPTED 7 AM TO 6 PM FOR LABORATORY ACCESSIONING, WEEKDAYS. ON WEEKENDS, SPECIMENS MAY BE ACCEPTED ONLY BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT.

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