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1942 Sep
More than 400 villagers died of bubonic plague in China’s eastern Zhejiang province after Japanese warplanes of medical Unit 731 dropped germ bombs. Unit 731 was stationed on the outskirts of Harbin, China, until the Soviet Union entered the war. The unit deposited typhus into the water supply flowing into Manchuria. In 2000 Yoshio Shinozuka testified to seeing men infected with the plague and then being dissected while still alive. Harbin had 26 affiliates across China and its germ bombs (anthrax, cholera, typhus and bubonic plague) killed an estimated 270,000 people. Biological warfare activities of Unit 731 were unknown to most Japanese citizens until 1981, when author Seiichi Morimura exposed its dark history in a book, "The Devil's Gluttony".
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2000 Feb 17
A House panel said in a report that the program to inoculate all 2.4 million American military personnel against anthrax was based on "a paucity of science" and should be suspended; the Pentagon defended the program and vowed to continue the inoculations.
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2000 Mar 2
Dr. Larry C. Ford committed suicide just days after a botched assassination attempt on his business partner at Biofem Inc., of Irvine, Calif. Ford had met with scientists from South Africa's Project Coast in the 1980s to discuss chemical and biological warfare under Wouter Basson, head of the project. Project Coast, which has been accused of trying to create deadly bacteria that would only affect blacks, poisoning opponents' clothing and stockpiling cholera, HIV and anthrax, opened an offshore bank account to pay Ford. In 2002 former FBI informant Peter Fitzpatrick told "60 Minutes" that Ford passed a bag filled with cholera, typhoid, botulism, anthrax and bubonic plague to a South African military doctor during a meeting at the house of the South African trade attache in California.
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2001 Sep 18
Letters postmarked in Trenton, N.J., and later tested positive for anthrax, were sent to the New York Post and NBC anchorman Tom Brokaw.
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2001 Sep 28
Dr. Kenneth M. Berry of Pittsburgh filed a patent application for a system responsive to bioterrorism attacks. In 2004 the FBI probed him in relation to investigations on letters containing anthrax.
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2001 Oct 5
Bob Stevens (63), photo editor for the Sun tabloid, died of anthrax. Anthrax spores were later found on his computer keyboard in Lantana. This was the 1st of a series of cases in Florida, New York, New Jersey and Washington. In 2011 his widow settled a $2.5 million lawsuit against the US government.
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2001 Oct 8
A 2nd case of anthrax was reported in Ernesto Blanco (73), a co-worker of the man who died Oct 5 in Florida.
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2001 Oct 9
Letters postmarked in Trenton, N.J., were sent to Sens. Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy; the letters later tested positive for anthrax.
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2001 Oct 9
The 2 anthrax cases in Florida were reported to probably have been caused by an intentional release of the deadly bacteria.
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2001 Oct 10
In Florida a 3rd case of anthrax was identified in a 35-year-old woman who worked in the same office as Robert Stevens. The strain was reported to match one from Iowa in the 1950s commonly used by lab researchers.
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2001 Oct 12
NBC announced that an assistant to anchorman Tom Brokaw had contracted the skin form of anthrax after opening a "threatening" letter to her boss that contained a suspicious powder.
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2001 Oct 13
Anthrax was confirmed in 3 US states. In Florida 5 more employees tested positive; in Nevada a letter sent to a Microsoft office tested positive; and in NYC a letter sent to NBC News tested positive.
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2001 Oct 15
Anthrax in a letter to a Reno Microsoft office was reported to be from Malaysia. 2 anthrax-tainted letters were reported to have been mailed from Trenton, New Jersey and 2 postal employees there showed symptoms. Anthrax spores were in a letter deliver to a Senate office. Officials announced that a letter sent to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle had tested positive for anthrax, and that the infant son of an ABC News producer in New York had developed skin anthrax.
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2001 Oct 19
The FBI identified the Trenton, NJ, mailbox from which the anthrax letters were sent to NYC and Washington. Two more people were reported to be infected bringing the total to 8.
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2001 Oct 20
Traces of anthrax were found in a US House of Representatives mail room. This became the 3rd Capital Hill building infected.
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2001 Oct 21
A DC postal worker was diagnosed with the deadly inhalation form of anthrax. DC postal worker Thomas L. Morris Jr. (55) died. Officials began testing thousands of postal employees.
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2001 Oct 22
On Capitol Hill, the House and Senate reopened while their office buildings remained closed.
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2001 Oct 22
A second Washington DC postal worker, Joseph P. Curseen (47), died of inhalation anthrax.
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2001 Oct 23
President Bush announced he had authorized money for improved post office security following the deaths of two postal workers from inhalation anthrax.
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2001 Oct 23
Traces of anthrax were found at an off-site facility that handled mail for the White House.
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2001 Oct 24
The US government arranged to buy 100 million Cipro tablets from Bayer for 95 cents each. The tablets were for anthrax. US Postmaster General John Potter told Americans “There are no guaranties that mail is safe.” He warned people to wash their hands after handling mail.
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2001 Oct 25
A State Dept. mail worker in Virginia was diagnosed with the inhalational form of anthrax.
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2001 Oct 26
Anthrax was found in the offices of 3 lawmakers in the Longworth House Office building on Capital Hill. The US Supreme Court was shut down to test for anthrax spores.
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2001 Oct 27
In Washington, the search for deadly anthrax widened to thousands of businesses and 30 mail distribution centers.
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2001 Oct 28
The CDC reported a 13th case of anthrax in a New Jersey postal worker. Spores were found at the mail center in Landover, Md.
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2001 Oct 29
A hospital worker in NY and a woman who handled mail in New Jersey were found to have anthrax. Since Oct 4 a total of 37 people have tested positive for exposure and 15 have contracted the disease.
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2001 Oct 31
The US Consulate in Lahore, Pakistan, received a letter that was later confirmed to contain anthrax.
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2001 Oct 31
Kathy Nguyen (61), a NYC hospital worker, died of anthrax. She was the 4th person to perish in a spreading wave of bioterrorism. The source of infection remained a mystery.
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2001 Nov 1
Anthrax spores were found in 4 mailrooms in Rockville, Md., a postal facility in Kansas City, 3 new locations in a Manhattan processing center and a 6th postal facility in Florida.
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2001 Nov 2
A 17th case of anthrax was reported in a NY Post employee.
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2001 Nov 10
Traces of anthrax were reported in offices of the Hart and Longworth government buildings in Washington DC.
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2001 Nov 11
A Pakistani newspaper (Ausaf) published the second part of an interview in which Osama bin Laden was quoted as saying he had nothing to do with the anthrax attacks in the United States, and declared he would never allow himself to be captured.
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2001 Nov 13
An anthrax tainted letter was received by a pediatrician in Santiago, Chile. It was postmarked from Switzerland and marked for return to Florida. It was actually mailed from NY through a NY-based subsidiary of the Swiss Post office. The letter was later believed to have been contaminated in a lab.
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2001 Nov 15
Investigators in Florida said anthrax was found throughout the 68,000-square-foot America Media building in Boca Raton, where the 1st case was identified.
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2001 Nov 16
An anthrax laced letter was found in quarantined congressional mail addressed to Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.). It was found to contain billions of spores, enough to kill 100,000 people.
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2001 Nov 21
Ottilie W. Lundgren (94) of Oxford, Conn., died of inhalational anthrax in a case that baffled investigators.
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2001 Dec 5
The FBI arrested escaped fugitive Clayton Lee Waagner in St. Louis. Waagner was suspected of mailing as many as 550 anthrax hoax letters to abortion clinics. He was also wanted for bank robbery and other offenses. In 2002 Waagner was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
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2001 Dec 6
Anthrax tainted mail turned up at a sorting site outside the Federal building in Washington DC. It had been received Dec 5.
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2001 Dec 16
It was reported that all the anthrax spores mailed to Capital Hill were identical to stocks from the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Md. (USAMRIID), maintained since 1980.
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2001 Dec 17
The Bush administration announced that the anthrax attacks most likely originated from a domestic source.
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2002 Jan 23
US authorities raised the reward for information leading to the arrest of the anthrax perpetrator to $2.5 million.
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2002 Mar 4
El Salvador declared a state of emergency in the town of Berlin after some 60 horses died from apparent anthrax infections.
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2002 Aug 11
Dr. Steven J. Hatfill, a bioweapons expert under scrutiny for anthrax-laced letters, fiercely denied any involvement and said he had cooperated with the investigation. He was eventually exonerated and given a $5.8 million settlement from the US government after years of their harassing him. Investigators on June 27, 2008, announced that the anthrax attacks had been carried out by another government scientist, Bruce Edwards Ivins, whom they concluded had acted alone.
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2002 Aug 22
Researchers reported a new enzyme to treat victims of an anthrax attack and to help detect the spores.
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2003 Mar 3
Iraq crushed 6 more Al Samoud 2 missiles with bulldozers and planned to hand over a report about its unilateral destruction of anthrax and VX nerve agent.
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2003 Dec 22
A federal judge ruled the Pentagon couldn't enforce mandatory anthrax vaccinations for military personnel.
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2004 Nov 4
VaxGen received an $878 million US contract for anthrax vaccine under a $5.6 billion federal Project Bioshield program.
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2005 Aug 18
It was reported that an anthrax outbreak had killed hundreds of cattle in parts of the Great Plains, forcing quarantines and devastating Dakota ranchers who worry how they will recover financially. Two ranches in Texas were quarantined last month after anthrax was found in cattle, horses and deer.
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2011 Oct
In Pakistan a university professor allegedly sent a packet containing anthrax to the Pakistani prime minister's office. This was not made public until Feb 1, 2012.
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