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Saturday, May 18, 2024

Fla. man has anthrax; no link to bioterrorism

A 63-year-old Florida man has been hospitalized with anthrax, a deadly and extremely rare disease that has also been harnessed for use as a germ weapon, state and federal officials said Tuesday.  




Though the man lives in Palm Beach County, temporary home to many of the Sept. 11 hijack suspects, officials stressed there is no indication it is a case of bioterrorism.  




'It appears that this is just an isolated case,' U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson told a White House news conference. 'There is no evidence of terrorism.' 




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The Sun, a supermarket tabloid, identified the anthrax victim as one of its own employees, Bob Stevens, a photo editor.

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