- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 22, 2002

ASSOCIATED PRESS
More than a thousand World Bank employees worked from home yesterday after an anthrax scare in one of its downtown buildings and a sister agency found evidence of spores in its mail room.
Officials at the World Bank directed 1,200 of its 8,500 employees to work from home for two days after a preliminary test of mail Monday came back positive for anthrax. A second test showed no anthrax, and the bank is awaiting results from a third, definitive test.
Just in case, officials shut down the ventilation system connected to the room in the J Building at 701 18th St. NW where the mail was, spokeswoman Caroline Anstey said yesterday. Without air conditioning in offices where the 1,200 workers are located, it was too hot and they were sent home, Miss Anstey said.
"We would prefer to overreact than underreact," she said.
Also yesterday, the International Monetary Fund reported that it had received a positive reading from a batch of mail at its facility. Similarly, the IMF had one negative and one positive test and is awaiting results of a third screening.


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