BY STEVEN M. DE LISI AND TIMOTHY R. CROLEY Anthrax became a household word in October 2001. Within days of the first reported U.S. death from anthrax in Florida, emergency service organizations nationwide were overwhelmed by reports from citizens of sightings of suspicious substances believed to be the organism that causes this deadly disease. Throughout the country, personnel from fire, EMS, and law enforcement agencies, along with members of hazardous materials teams, responded to thousands of calls for assistance, suddenly placing them in the forefront of the war on terrorism. Although most calls were associated with mailed packages, powder on any surface, in any container, anywhere, a...

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