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Building to undergo extensive cleaning for anthrax

January 28, 2010

DURHAM, NH — The Waysmeet Center at the United Campus Ministry for the University of New Hampshire (UNH) will undergo extensive cleaning after a woman was exposed to anthrax spores during a December 4 drum circle event, according to the Foster''s Daily Democrat.

According to the story, the woman is doing much better and continues to recover from the exposure as state health officials prepare to decontaminate the building.

The cleaning plan includes the use of bleach and vacuuming to decontaminate five common areas that tested for low levels of anthrax, the story stated.

Deputy State Epidemiologist Jodie Dionne-Odom said the state will use one of the companies on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended list experienced with anthrax cleaning, but it will be the responsibility of the ministry to hire and pay a company, the story noted.

Dionne-Odom said: "It will be a period of a few weeks because several rooms need to be cleaned from top to bottom."

The quarantine of the Waysmeet Center, which began last month, will be lifted once the building has been cleaned, the story added.

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