Message to the University Community (Released: 12/05/01)
From President Philip E. Austin
Late yesterday (Tuesday, December 4), the FBI, the Connecticut Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention informed the University that we can now begin taking the final steps necessary to reopen the Pathobiology Building.
As a result, we expect the building to fully reopen to students, faculty, and staff by late this week.
As you know, the building was closed on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001 as a result of an investigation related to the discovery of anthrax samples. Environmental tests were taken at that time by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and additional samples were taken over the weekend to test for anthrax contamination in the building. Those tests proved negative. However, as an additional precaution, an environmental cleaning company, working under the supervision of our Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S), last night cleaned the areas of the building where the anthrax samples were located.
Beginning today (Wednesday, December 5), EH&S personnel will accompany researchers into the building to inventory biological agents contained in all laboratories and freezers. As the inventory is completed, sections of the Pathobiology Building will be reopened. In the meantime, students, faculty and staff should continue to consult the web [the update page is obsolete] for information about class locations.
If you would like more information about anthrax or its symptoms, contact the Student Health Service at 486-4700 or the State Department of Public Health.
Thank you for your patience during this past week.
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