Postal Service installs bio-detection equipment at the Eatontown center

The Postal Service has installed new bio-detection equipment at the Monmouth Processing and Distribution Center in Eatontown. The center serves almost all of Monmouth and Ocean counties.

The bio-detection system is meant to protect postal workers and the public from anthrax. Postal officials say the ventilation filtration system will clean 99 percent of airborne particles on the sorting machines.

According to postal officials, the most important part of the system is when an air sample of the mail is taken and tested. If anthrax is present in the mail, an alarm will sound.

The 2001 anthrax attacks infected five New Jersey residents and contaminated the Hamilton Post Office. Some residents say they feel safer now that the new equipment has been installed.

There are four other distribution centers in New Jersey that already have the bio-detection system.

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