October 2-6,2001 Robert Stevens moved to south Florida to take a job at the National Inquirer.
On September 27 he and his wife went to visit there daughter in North Carolina and Stevens got sick during the trip.
His wife took him to the hospital where test were run on him and it led Dr. Larry Bush an Infectious Disease Specialist to believe that Stevens was a victim of Anthrax. Stevens later died.
Anthrax is an extremely rare diease, it is caused when one breathes in spores of the disease. There have only been 18 recorded cases of Anthrax in the U.S in the past year, the last reported case had been 23 years earlier. However, there were reports of the 9/11 hijackers wanting to secure crop dusters to spread the disease.
May I speak with the chief of infectious-diseases pathology, Sherif Zaki.
Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, how may I be of assistance?
Dr. Sherif Zaki
Mr. Stevens has passed away and we are doing the post.
I will do the initial cut while you guys examine the organs.
The next morning on Saturday, October 6th, he and his team went to West Palm Beach to do the examination of the body.
Most people in the room were afraid, however, his body had not been dead for a while. This means the spores were still in small number and were wet making them less dangerous than large amounts of dry spores because those can float in the air much more easily.
Zaki's duty was to find what type of disease Stevens had, and find i he acquired it through inhaling spores or another way.
It does not look like it, allow me to cut into to him to see what I can find.
Let's roll him on to his back to see if he has Skin Anthrax.
His Lypmohnodes appear to be the size of plums, they have completely disintegrated at the touch of a blade and have a bloody interior that is filled with hemorrhage this shows the spores got into Stevens through his lungs from the air.
His chest cavity is full of blood, including his heart and lungs, this blood has Anthrax cells that are going to turn into spores, we need to sanitize this room well once we are done.
Dr. Bradley Perkins
We need to spread out and find where Stevens could have aquired Anthrax.
It looks like Stevens came into contact with mailman Ernesto Blanco in Stevens place of work. Ernesto is found to have Anthrax as well
Yes, and a Swab from the place, shows that the mail bin is infested with Anthrax spores
Dr. Jeffery Koplan we have evidence that the spores of Anthrax that infected Stevens came through the mail to his office, we need the FBI here!
Good Evening, this is News Channel 9, tonight we learn that Anthrax has been delivered to the U.S. and has effected several people at Senator Tom Daschle's office in D.C and across New York at NBC, ABC, New York Post, and CBS.
The Hazardous Material Response Unit (HMRU) of the FBI was dispatched to the senator's office were they gathered crime scene evidence and the substance that was sent there by mail.
( The evidence was then taken to Fort Dedrick, this used to be where the armies germ research and weapons development took place until the Biological Weapons and Toxin convention ban, banned this. They took the suspected Anthrax to the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. (USAMRIID).
The evidence was then examined by Micro Biologist Jhon Ezzell who is the HMRU's hazardous response team's Anthrax Specialist. In the evidence room with the Anthrax Ezzell found the following:
09-11-01 YOU CANNOT STOP US. WE HAVE THIS ANTHRAX. YOU DIE NOW. ARE YOU AFRAID? DEATH TO AMERICA. DEATH TO ISRAEL. ALLAH IS GREAT.
Beep, Beep, Beep!
On October 17th, 2001 Peter Jarling was brought awake at the sound of his pager, he is the senior scientist at UASMRIID. Colonel Edward M. Eitzen, Jr. was calling in reference to the new discoveries that were made about the sample.
Peter Jarling made his way to the FBI headquarters in J. Edgar Hoover Building, this is the FBI's emergency operations center, otherwise known as the Strategic Information Operations Center (SIOC). Here the FBI's Weapons of Mass Destruction Operations Unit was stationed and they were set up with the National Security Council, Lisa Gordan Hagerty was running the operation as a whole. Eitzen was hooked in all night repoting Ezzells results in real time while he was testing the Anthrax.
Colonel Edward M. Eitzen, Jr.
Before we continue on with anything, a lot of individuals are finding the words weaponized very disturbing, I think we need to change the name
Let us use the words professional and entergetic. We will also take back the word weapon.
I need to get the book Small Pox and its Eradication, otherwise known as the Big Red Book. It's a good thing I am keeping the book for the program I am running which is trying to find new drugs and vaccines that could cure Small Pox.
Peter Jarling had an Idea, he went to the Secure room (which contains formula sheets for biological weapons) and he then called Tom Geisbert. Jarling's big idea, the Anthrax was a way to actually sneak in Small Pox.
Geisbert came in at 7:00 in the morning that day, so Jarling had to to speak with him then.
There was a sample of Anthrax brought in, I need you to look at it and test it to see if it was laced with Small Pox, see if there are any traces of Ebola aswell.
I'm going to need you to see if there is anything else in this anthrax Ezzell.