Universal Detection Technology (UNDT.OB), a developer of monitoring technologies, including bioterrorism detection devices, recently commented on an anthrax scare at a downtown Los Angeles Metro station last week. This bio-terrorism threat forced an evacuation from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. At 5 a.m. PDT, a suspicious, white powdery substance was discovered at the 7th Street Metro Station, leading to an evacuation of the facility.

Jacques Tizabi, Universal Detection Technology’s chief executive officer, stated, “The incident that happened in Los Angeles on Friday can occur anywhere, at anytime, underscoring the very real threat bioterrorism poses.” Mr. Tizabi continued, “For a bioterrorist, the goal is to disperse or leave behind harmful bioagents, such as anthrax in a public place to increase the risk of exposure; however, the opportunities for harm are even greater at a mass transportation hub that could aid in spreading infectious biohazards to other geo locations. The same could also be true for other routine distribution avenues, including mailing or commercial shipping and infrastructure, such as water delivery.”

In addition, Mr. Tizabi noted that the company’s flagship bioweapons detection kits, certified last year by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as an “Approved Product for Homeland Security” under the SAFETY Act, are ideally suited for first response and law enforcement teams. The kits can detect and identify up to five separate threats using one sample in a single, easy-to-use device in under three minutes.

For more information, please visit www.udetection.com.

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