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By Aaron Wherry
Anthrax has now been found in the American midwest and, for the first time, in Europe, while investigators continue to struggle for clues in the mysterious anthrax-related death of a hospital worker in New York.
Dozens of investigators continue to piece together the final days of anthrax's latest victium, Kathy T. Nguyen, in hopes of discovering how she was infected with the bacteria that has now claimed four lives.
"We are reviewing the routes that mail might have travelled to reach her," said Julie Gerberding of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "So far, we have found no clues to suggest that the mail or the mail handling was the cause of her exposure."
Investigators have been able to determine the anthrax which killed Nguyen is "basically indistinguishable" from that found in letters to United States Senator Tom Daschle, NBC and the New York Post, said Steven Ostroff of the CDC.
The anthrax strain that killed Nguyen does respond to antibiotics, but investigators believe she sought treatment too late.
Preliminary tests Wednesday found anthrax spores in a Kansas City, Missouri postal facility. Officials suspect the anthrax came from mail that had passed through the Brentwood facility in Washington, D.C..
Anthrax was also found at a private postal maintenance centre in Indianapolis, Indiana on equipment sent from a contaminated mail-processing centre in Trenton, N.J..
Labs in Vilnius, Lithuania also confirmed the presence of anthrax in at least one mailbag used by the U.S. Embassy in the former Soviet Baltic republic. This marks the first confirmed case of the bacterium in Europe.
In news from the war front in Afghanistan:
¥ The 26th day of U.S.-led air strikes hit a fuel and ammunitions dump north of the capital of Kabul, a garrison in the northern Takhar province and reportedly a hydroelectric plant in southern Afghanistan
¥ Turkey announced it would send a 90 member special forces unit to train Afghanistan's northern alliance, who have been fighting the Taliban and requesting further support from the U.S.
¥ U.S. Defence Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said the U.S. is working to land more special forces in Afghanistan to further pressure the Taliban. "We have a number of teams cocked and ready to go," he said.
¥ A statement attributed to Osama bin Laden was broadcast by the Qatari-based Al-Jazeera satellite television channel. "The world has been divided into two camps: one under the banner of the cross, as the head of infidels, Bush, has said, and one under the banner of Islam," the faxed statement reads.
with files from Associated Press and