No evidence of anthrax exposure at Hastings Elementary School

Westchester Health officials are telling parents in Hastings not to worry about anthrax exposure. Red flags were initially raised when teachers from Hillside Elementary School called the parents of

News 12 Staff

Feb 27, 2006, 12:24 AM

Updated 6,665 days ago

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No evidence of anthrax exposure at Hastings Elementary School
Westchester Health officials are telling parents in Hastings not to worry about anthrax exposure.
Red flags were initially raised when teachers from Hillside Elementary School called the parents of all third-graders and told them a New York City man infected with anthrax had performed for their children just two weeks ago. Vado Diamonde, 44, performed February 10 for 120 students who were later given the chance to play on the drums he brought with him.
Dr. Cheryl Archbald, who works for the Westchester Department of Health, says the fact that the students were in contact with Diamonde while he was infected is not an issue. She says the process of treating raw hides to make drum covers would have killed any spores that were originally on the hides.
The county health department says the school doesn't need to be decontaminated, but it will have health professionals at the school Monday night to answer questions from members of the community. Related Story: Hastings parents fear school performance led to anthrax exposure


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