February 25, 2006 - Posted at 1:19 p.m. CST
NEW YORK (AP) _ Officials say a New York drum maker infected
with anthrax is having trouble breathing and remains in serious
The outlook is a change from earlier in the week, when officials
said the dancer and musician was breathing his own
and in relatively good shape for someone exposed to anthrax.
They say the 44-year-old fell ill after inhaling spores from
animal hides brought back from a recent trip to Africa. He
apparently began feeling flu-like symptoms last month, and
collapsed last week after a dance performance in Pennsylvania.
New York City's mayor says low levels of anthrax were found at
the Brooklyn warehouse where the musician worked and at his
Greenwich Village apartment. He says both sites will undergo an
extensive cleanup, and officials say the case poses no public
Seven people who may have been exposed to the hides have been
given antibiotics as a precaution.