Anthrax: Two Washington postal workers die

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The Independent US

Health officials are investigating the deaths of two employees at a Washington postal office. A second Washington postal worker has contracted inhalation anthrax.

Dr Ivan Walks, the city's chief health official, said the unidentified man with the disease was hospitalized in suburban Virginia, at the same facility where another postal worker was diagnosed over the weekend.

He said tests were being run on clinical samples from the two men who have died under conditions that aroused the suspicions of local officials.

He also said authorities are investigating as many as nine more cases that have aroused concern.