WASHINGTON — U.S. law-enforcement officials said yesterday that they were monitoring the death in Brazil of an Egyptian seaman bound for Canada who might have been transporting anthrax.
A Brazilian government medical investigator whose office performed the tests said he and federal police suspect that anthrax might have killed Ibrahim Saved Soliman Ibrahim.
Ibrahim had just reached his ship, a bauxite carrier, on April 11 in the port of Porto Trombetas, Brazil, when he told shipmates he felt sick. He had been asked to deliver a suitcase to someone in Canada, he told them, and had opened the suitcase out of curiosity. He died that night, vomiting blood.