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Feds approve faster anthrax exposure test

The federal government has approved a test that promises to make it easier and faster for local agencies to determine if a person has had anthrax exposure. The need for the test became apparent in October 2001, after a number of people received anthrax spores in the mail and five of the 22 who became sick died. “There weren’t any standard, readily available tests out there,” said Andrew Levin, president and CEO of Immunetics Inc. of Boston, the company that developed the new test. During the 2001 anthrax scare, only government agencies, such as military laboratories and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could determine whether people were infected, Levin said. Full Story

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