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Posted: 3/14/2005 1:35:38 PM EST
[Last Edit: 3/14/2005 1:37:26 PM EST by warlord]

Material at Pentagon Mail Facility Tests Positive for Anthrax
Monday, March 14, 2005

Administration Says Anthrax Mailings Are Acts of Terrorism
WASHINGTON — A hazardous material found at the Pentagon's mail facility has tested positive for anthrax (search), U.S. defense officials told FOX News late Monday.

An alarm triggered by sensors detected the presence of a chemical or biological agent at the mail delivery building around 10:30 a.m. EST, a spokesman told reporters in the morning. Officials shut down the facility, which is in a separate structure on the northwest side of the Pentagon (search) grounds. It is to remain closed for at least another day.

About 175 people who work in the Pentagon's mail facility are being offered the option of antibiotics but defense officials said that by late afternoon, no one had experienced any signs or symptoms of exposure.

While subsequent tests on the substance proved negative, the appearance of the agent is now the target of a criminal investigation by the FBI (search), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (search) and local law enforcement. The substance will be further tested at a facility at Ft. Meade, Md. (search)

The Defense Department's mail facility is adjacent to the Pentagon itself, located near the heliport in a separate building. The Pentagon itself was functioning as normal.
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 1:39:42 PM EST
[Last Edit: 3/14/2005 1:40:09 PM EST by macro]
Here we go again
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 1:41:22 PM EST
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 1:44:17 PM EST

Originally Posted By 82ndAbn:
I wonder if this will be the same strain as the last.

Read on...

While subsequent tests on the substance proved negative
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 1:44:35 PM EST
It's probably been laying around in a corner since the first scare.
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