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By Aaron Wherry
America's bioterrorism crisis took a new twist Wednesday with the mysterious anthrax-related death of an elderly woman in rural Connecticut.
Ottilie Lundgren, 94, of Derby, Connecticut, died Wednesday morning after falling ill with inhalation anthrax a few days ago. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the infection after similar positive tests at the hospital and state health laboratory, said Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland.
The source of her infection remains a mystery. Lundrgen lived by herself in Oxford, about 50 kilometres southwest of Hartford. There was no indication the woman is related to any government official or member for the media or had any public activity that would have made her a target of terrorism.
Lundgren's niece told the Hartford Courant her aunt rarely left home and had stopped driving. "I nearly fainted when the doctors told me they suspected anthrax," said Shirley Davis.
Gov. Rowland said Lundgren could have contracted anthrax in a letter or birthday greeting from the office of Senator Christopher Dodd. Many Senate offices have tested positive for anthrax traces.
The latest cases marks the fifth anthrax-related death in America. Two Washington postal workers, a hospital employee in New York City, a newspaper photo editor in Florida and now Lundgren have died.
Investigators still believe the source of these attacks is domestic.
In post-Taliban Afghanistan, lawlessness and chaos have replaced the oppression of recent times.
Gunmen have raided United Nations humanitarian aid convoys and several aid groups have had their offices looted, down to the window frames in one case.
The UN is attempting to speed up the formation of a new government by sponsoring a conference for four major Afghan political groups in Bonn, Germany.
"Insecurity remains a major hurdle for the distribution of humanitarian aid," UN spokesman Eric Falt said Wednesday. "We have to be concerned about the security of our people. We also have to make sure the food reaches people in need."
with files from Associated Press and Canadian Press