Postal Service Tests Anthrax Detection

The post office is launching a national test of a system to detect any new anthrax attack, 18 months after anthrax-by-mail terrorism killed five.

The search for whoever sent the deadly spores, meanwhile, is going slowly. The new biological detection system has been tested for several months in Baltimore and will now go to 14 other cities for evaluation, Tom Day, postal vice president for engineering, said Tuesday. “We have carefully reviewed its results and we are now confident that it is working successfully,” Day told a news conference at Postal Service headquarters. The system uses rapid DNA testing to look for anthrax and can be adapted to test for other biological hazards, he said. He added that the agency is also studying other equipment that would check for chemical, explosive and radioactive contamination. Full Story

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