Thursday, January 16, 2003

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (UPI) — Further tests on a piece of mail at the Federal Reserve that had earlier tested positive for anthrax have come back negative, officials said late Wednesday.

“The Federal Reserve Board today received results from further testing … It showed no anthrax bacteria present on a sample from a piece of mail which earlier had tested presumptively positive for the bacteria,” the Fed said in a written statement.

The sample now will be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta for additional testing, it said.

The Postal Service also announced negative test results Wednesday at its V Street facility in Washington. Postal officials evacuated that facility and began testing it for anthrax on Tuesday because it handles all mail headed for the FRB.

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