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Sunday, November 18, 2001


Business back to normal at Stamp Fulfillment center in Kansas City


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Business returned to normal Friday at the postal facility closed for two weeks because anthrax was discovered there.

"I'm thrilled to be back," Patty Miller said upon her 6 a.m. arrival at the Stamp Fulfillment Services center. "I just want to get back to work."

The center is located in the Hunt Midwest underground office complex near Worlds of Fun. About 250 people were advised to take antibiotics as a precaution after the anthrax was discovered, but no one became ill.

Two environmental samples taken from a trash can tested positive for anthrax. The trash contained discarded envelopes from a Washington postal facility that was contaminated with anthrax.

But more than 600 other samples at the Kansas City center tested negative for anthrax, postal officials said. The center was cleaned and workers began returning on Wednesday. Friday was the first day everything was back to normal.

The stamp office is the national center for processing orders for commemorative stamps and other special products of the U.S. Postal Service.

Manager Gary Stone said employees were eager to catch up on back orders. He said the center ad received 15,000 e-mails from customers wanting to know when it would reopen so they could get their orders in.

Employee Khalid Hussain said protective gloves and masks were available for workers in the center's mailroom but that his colleagues did not seem apprehensive about returning to work.

"We feel very comfortable," Hussain said. "We are very much satisfied with what happened."