Mail Safety Guidelines From The Centers For Disease Control

(Atlanta-AP) -- The Centers for Disease Control has released some suggestions for opening mail if you're concerned about anthrax.

The CDC says people worried about exposure to the potentially-deadly bacteria should keep mail away from their faces when opening letters. They should also avoid blowing or sniffing the contents, and avoid tearing or shredding the mail before throwing it away.

The CDC also says people should frequently wash their hands. And last but not least, Americans should consider simply not opening suspicious mail.

Despite these guidelines, which appear in the health agency's weekly health bulletin, the CDC stresses your chances of coming in contact with anthrax through the mail are "very low.''