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Anthrax Detector

Cincinnati post office to get new automated anthrax detector

Cincinnati's main post office says it plans to install an anthrax detector next month. In 2001, five people were killed and 13 others became ill in four states and the District of Columbia when letters containing anthrax were sent to two US senators and some media outlets. The detector collects air samples from letters as they speed through sorting machines. The samples are screened by the machine to determine whether they match anthrax DNA. Similar detectors should be installed in all the US Postal Service's distribution and processing centers by the end of 2005. A similar detector is in operation in Cleveland. The Cincinnati processing center is one of the nation's largest and handles up to nine (m) million pieces of mail per day for parts of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

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