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United States Quietly Bolstering Stockpile of Anthrax Antitoxin

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) - A local public health expert says the U.S. continues to quietly prepare behind the scenes to protect the nation from any possible chemical or biological attack.

The latest move comes as the federal government replenish the nation’s stockpile of anthrax antitoxin and award contracts to quickly ramp up production of the antitoxin should any such attack occur.

“Somebody would inhale the bacteria and then they would become sick and usually if you are untreated by the time you become sick there is a very high mortality rate,” said St. Louis University public health specialist Dr. Alexander Garza. “The antitoxin is a way to combat the disease of inhalational anthrax.”

Before coming here, Dr. Garza served as the chief medical officer for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Garza says this move isn’t being made with Syria or any other hot spot in mind. It’s just part of the nation’s readiness campaign.

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