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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 255-05
March 14, 2005

Positive Initial Detection for Anthrax at Pentagon

During routine mail operations the Pentagon had a positive detection for the presence of anthrax bacteria at the Remote Delivery Facility (RDF). The RDF was evacuated while tests were conducted to determine if anthrax was present. Subsequent tests have proven negative, however, the Department is taking precautionary measures while further testing is conducted.

Cultures are being taken from all personnel who may have had contact with deliveries. Those personnel have also been given the option to begin antibiotic treatment if desired.

The RDF will resume normal operations upon the conclusion of all testing. DoD personnel can obtain additional information in the attached document at http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Mar2005/d20050314anthrax.pdf.