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ANTHRAX - not only USA affected
At least five anthrax scares have occurred in South
Africa since Thursday night.
Two South African Airways (SAA) planes were grounded on
Friday after a white powder was found on board both, and, also on Friday,
eleven people in Durban received preventative treatment for possible anthrax
In Cape Town a man appeared in court after having been
arrested in connection with an anthrax hoax.
Nine people were admitted to Durban's Addington hospital
at 7am and the other two were admitted on Thursday evening.
Two of the patients were policemen who had handled an
envelope containing white powder. The envelope was found at a mail sorting
company and two of the company's employees were also admitted to hospital.
The seven others were security guards at Durban
International Airport, where white powder was found on a toilet floor.
Powder samples have been sent for analysis.
On Thursday night an SAA plane was grounded in Cape Town
after flight attendants and cleaners discovered a latex gloves covered in
white powder on one of the seats. The plane was scheduled to fly to
The police were called and a team of experts from Waste
Care was flown to Cape Town to disinfect the aircraft.
The gloves and powder were taken to Pretoria for
None of the 116 passengers were exposed to the powder.
Another plane was grounded on Friday morning after a
disembarked passenger told Johannesburg police that there was white powder on
his bag when he removed it from the overhead storage bin.