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Navy Sees Anthrax Test Results Within Days

The U.S. Navy said on Friday it hoped to be able to say within days whether a suspicious substance found at one of its mail handling centers this week was actually anthrax, as preliminary tests suggested. The Navy shut down the automated facility in Washington to run additional tests after sensors on Wednesday detected traces of a substance that could be anthrax, a deadly bacterial agent. “We’re hoping that we would get some more definitive results here soon,” a spokesman for the Navy, Cmdr. Conrad Chun, told Reuters, adding that results from the Naval Medical Research Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, could come in the next 24 to 48 hours. As a precaution, the U.S. Postal Service earlier closed 11 facilities that were serviced by the same contractor that transported mail to the Navy center. Full Story

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