Public Health Preparedness & Response What We're Reading

What We’re Reading: White Powder Edition

As you may have heard, letters containing white powder have been sent to several Congressional offices and media organizations.  Luckily the powder has been determined to be harmless.  How do we know that?  While information on exactly where the powder was tested has not been released for security purposes, it was likely sent to a public health lab.  Public health labs test suspicious powders like this on a routine basis.  It is part of their job.  And even though the vast majority of “white powder” samples that are sent to the labs are proven to be harmless, they are all treated as though they are the real deal.  It is just another way the public health labs are protecting the lives of all Americans.



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