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Authorities say they've arrested a man suspected of mailing anthrax hoax letters to several locations throughout central Florida.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Florida's top health official could soon have expanded powers to isolate people suspected of being infected with severe diseases.

The Florida Legislature on Thursday sent to Gov. Rick Scott a bill that would bolster the power of the State Surgeon General to place people suspected or likely having a disease into isolation and quarantine. The measure was unanimously passed by both the House and Senate.

The legislation also would allow state health officials to use police to enforce an order.

A bioethics commission advising the government on whether and how to test an anthrax vaccine on healthy children held the last of its hearings in Miami this week.