Saturday, October 01, 2005

Rare Germ Found in D.C., but No Terror Fears

Tularemia Is Highly Infectious; Can Cause Pneumonia and Systemic Infection
A relatively rare biological agent has been detected in air filters serving Washington D.C. in recent weeks, ABC News has learned but current evidence does not show any indication whatsoever of terrorism.
The federal government found six air filters around the nation's capital checked on Sept. 24 and 25 contained "trace amounts" of tularemia, a type of bacteria.The tests were conducted as part of routine homeland security procedures, in which selected air filters from around the nation's capital are checked for chemical and biological agents.
Subsequent tests by the Centers for Disease Control confirmed low levels of the bacteria.


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