Rose, Edwin <[log in to unmask]> wrote (in <ED47EAD357CD3846B
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in old buildings', on Sat, 17 May 2003:
>A short time ago there was a scare to the effect that it might be
>possible to contract anthrax from horse-hair and cow-hair in plaster in
>old buildings when it was stripped out. Does anyone know of a definitive
>infor source on this?
The anthrax spore is incredibly hardy, but whether it could survive
treatment by lime plaster is somewhat open to doubt. However, the hair
itself survives, so the plaster isn't alkaline enough to hydrolyse
I think I would want to wear gauntlets and a face-mask if I were
handling a significant amount of old hair plaster. Inhaling the dust
might be the most risky aspect, next to a cut finger.
Regards, John Woodgate, OOO - Own Opinions Only. http://www.jmwa.demon.co.uk
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