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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

UPDATE: TESTS NOW NEGATIVE - Anthrax Detected at 2 Defense Mailrooms

Official Excuse:Anthrax Scare Is Attributed to a Testing Error

NY Times: Excerpt -
WASHINGTON, March 15 - Health officials believe that a mix-up of samples in a Defense Department contractor's laboratory was behind an anthrax scare Monday and Tuesday that rattled the stock market, set the White House on alert, shut three post offices in the Washington area and led to more than 800 people being offered antibiotics.

A senior military official said in a conference call with reporters Tuesday night that "quality control problems" at the contractor's laboratory appeared to have caused the bioterrorism false alarm.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, noted that any laboratory testing for anthrax usually kept a sample of anthrax on hand to calibrate equipment. He said evidence suggested that the sample had somehow contaminated an air filter from a Pentagon shipping center that had been sent to the laboratory for routine testing last Thursday.

The error was compounded when the same contaminated sample was then sent for a confirmation test to the Army's biodefense laboratory at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md. The Army laboratory confirmed the positive test at 4 a.m. Tuesday.

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6:30 PM - ALL TESTS NOW 'NEGATIVE' - FALSE ALARM

FALSE ALARM - ALL TESTS NOW 'NEGATIVE'

WE CAN ALL RELAX NOW!

UPDATE: FIRST ROUND OF TESTING SHOWS 'POSITIVE' FOR ANTHRAX - THIS ACCORDING TO A BREAKING NEWS ALERT ON CNN AT ABOUT 4:20 PM EST TODAY, TUESDAY MARCH 15, 2005.

'HERE WE GO AGAIN' - AS THIS STORY DEVELOPS - THIS THREAD WILL BE UPDATED.

Yahoo News - AP: Anthrax Detected at 2 Defense Mailrooms

WASHINGTON - Another postal facility was closed Tuesday as concern spread over the detection of anthrax in two pieces of mail at military mailrooms. Hundreds of workers were offered antibiotics as a precaution, though no unusual health problems were reported.

Officials said the mail in question had been irradiated, so any anthrax in them was inert when they triggered alarms at the Pentagon mail facility and another nearby facility that handles military mail.

Environmental testing was being conducted on the two military mail facilities and on a third postal facility in the District of Columbia, which was closed Tuesday because it may have handled the mail that went to the two military mailrooms.

Antibiotics were offered to some 200 workers at the D.C. facility and to workers at the military mailrooms. Hospitals were told to be on the lookout for symptoms like respiratory problems, rashes or flu-like symptoms that could signal exposure to anthrax, which can be used as a biological weapon.

"This is a prudent course of action. I don't think there's cause for alarm or panic or undue worry," said Dr. Gregg Pane, director of the city's Department of Health. "We've also mobilized our strategic national stockpile so we have enough antibiotics available should the need arise."

Also on Tuesday, a hazardous materials team was called to a building occupied by the Internal Revenue Service after a report of a powdery substance found in a letter. IRS officials said in a statement later that "initial tests were negative for chemical or biological substances."

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Hard Fact: The Anthrax Attackers Have Never Been Caught.

4 Comments:

Blogger Hard Attack said...

Hard Attack News has had this initial report as a top story all day, and now, with this story being somewhat confirmed, IT IS A STORY !

Funny, Matt Drudge doesn't, not a peep of it on his site all afternoon.

4:34 PM, March 15, 2005  
Blogger Hard Attack said...

5PM: Report of another Mail Room Shut Down - Bringing the Total Number of Closures of mail rooms today to 3

5:00 PM, March 15, 2005  
Blogger Hard Attack said...

5:30 PM - Hard Question - Was this Incoming or Outgoing Mail?

5:30 PM, March 15, 2005  
Blogger Hard Attack said...

Deputy defense secretary cancels visit to Tucson

A Tucson appearance by Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz has been cancelled, a Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce official said.

The Department of Defense called the chamber today and cancelled a Thursday morning breakfast speech by Wolfowitz, said John Dougherty, chairman of governmental affairs for the chamber,

"‘The global war on terror calls,' they said," Dougherty said, speculating that the anthrax detected in the Pentagon mailroom Monday might be the reason for the cancellation.


ABOVE FROM TusconCitizen.com

6:33 PM, March 15, 2005  

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