October 29, 2001

Anthrax Discovered at Justice Dept. Mail Facility

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Anthrax has been discovered at an offsite mail facility for the Department of Justice, a Justice Department statement said on Sunday.

``Today, the Department of Justice was informed by the FBI Hazmat Unit at Quantico that final test results show the Department's offsite mail facility in Landover, Maryland tested positive for anthrax,'' the statement said.

``Areas which specifically handle mail for the Main Justice Building, including the Attorney General's office and other leadership offices, were among those that tested positive,'' the statement added.

It was the latest contamination discovered in Washington after traces of the potentially fatal bacteria turned up in remote mail facilities that serve the White House, State Department, Supreme Court and CIA.

Anthrax has killed three people and infected at least 11 others in the United States. Thousands of people have been tested or treated for the rare disease since the Sept. 11 air attacks on the United States.

Copyright 2001. Reuters. All rights reserved.

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