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United Campus Ministry Building

EPA New England received a report from the National Response Center on Dec. 24, 2009, of a confirmed anthrax case, with exposure likely to have occurred at the United Campus Ministry near the University of New Hampshire. The FBI determined that this incident was not terrorist related. According to the NH Department of Public Health, the patient was exposed to aerosolized anthrax during a drumming circle event early in December 2009. About 75 people attended the drumming event. The drums which were used during the drumming circulated in the community between the time the drumming event occurred and the patient was diagnosed.

The December drumming event occurred at the United Campus Ministry and as a result of the diagnosis the building was quarantined by DPH. EPA New England sampled the United Campus Ministry building in early January and coordinated a cleanup plan with the state, Centers for Disease Control and EPA's National Decontamination Team and National Homeland Security Research Center. The cleanup was initiated by the United Campus Ministry on March 22 and was completed on April 16, 2010 when the quarantine was lifted by the state health department. EPA provided technical assistance during the cleanup, and DES was the lead agency.

Location: United Campus Ministry, Durham, NH
Start date:  12/25/2009
End date:  04/19/2010
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

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