Small Amounts of Bacteria Found During Protests Last Weekend
Updated: Friday, Sep. 30, 2005 - 7:57 PM
Mark Segraves, WTOP Radio
WASHINGTON - Authorities are trying to determine whether homeland
security was breeched during protests for and against the war in Iraq
that took place downtown last weekend.
D.C. Health Director Dr. Gregg Pane tells WTOP Radio that bio-watch
collectors, operated by the Department of Homeland Security, tested
positive during demonstrations that took place downtown.
D.C. officials were notified of this on Friday.
A small amount of bacteria called Tularemia was found on the
detectors. While there is no threat to public health, there is also
no explanation as to why it took almost a week to notify D.C. officials.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, Tularemia, also known
as "rabbit fever," can be treated with antibiotics. The CDC warns,
however, that it is possible to use Tularemia as a bioweapon.
The disease was first reported in humans in the U.S. in 1914.
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