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    Wednesday, October 30, 2002, 07:15 EDT (7 :15 AM EDT)

    CDCHAN -00105-2002-10-30-ALT-S

    A state health department official received a telephone inquiry from an individual identifying himself as a local area reporter. The telephone caller asked the state official about the types of viruses/agents the state department of health kept onsite. The state official declined to answer the caller's question and placed a follow up call to the television station that employed the local reporter to verify the call and the request for information.

    The follow-up revealed that the local area reporter whose name was used did NOT place the original phone call and made no such inquiry. Upon discovering the fraudulent information, the state official contacted the FBI.

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has requested the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) send a query to all state health departments and public health laboratory officials for the following: Please contact the FBI HQ Weapons of Mass Destruction Operations Unit (see contact information below) if your state office or laboratory has received a similar call requesting information on the types of viruses/agents stored at local DOHs and laboratories.

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