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October 17, 2006

Tularemia detected in St. Louis biosensor

Filed under: Biosecurity — by Christian Beckner on October 17, 2006

CQ breaks a story today (available by subscription only) that I haven’t seen reported elsewhere yet (it’s not on the wires or reported by the St. Louis media):

An air monitoring system in St. Louis picked up particles of a biological agent on Monday that can be deadly in large doses.

Tularemia — also known as rabbit fever — is naturally found in the St. Louis region. But officials have been working since last night to determine whether the detection is a threat after a BioWatch sensor near Busch Stadium picked up the bacteria, according to a source familiar with the investigation.

Local officials have the lead on the investigation, but the Department of Homeland Security is closely monitoring the progress. Testing is on-going.

This is reminiscent of a similar incident on the National Mall in DC last year. Game five of the NLCS is scheduled to take place at Busch Stadium in St. Louis tonight.

Update (10/17): The AP now has the story.

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