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State's mail-handling sites develop nose for anthrax

Bay Area physician creates defense plan for postal workers if device detects virus. One by one, the largest mail-handling plants in California are taking on strange, new devices to sniff day and night for anthrax in most of the state’s mail. Boasting high accuracy in sensing virulent anthrax, the new biodetectors are compelling difficult conversations between the U.S. Postal Service, its employees and its neighbors on what to do when the anthrax siren goes off — questions that could arise more often if biodetectors are installed more widely in society. So far, most of the postal service’s talking points come pre-packaged out of Washington. But its latest voice in California is that of Aftin Saba, the physician who watches over postal workers in centers in Oakland and San Jose. Full Story

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