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Many Web sites selling bogus terror remedies

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Internet sites continue to market dubious devices offering bioterror protection or treatments despite government warnings that the claims are exaggerated or false.

After the Sept. 11 hijackings and subsequent anthrax attacks, the Federal Trade Commission found more than 200 Web sites selling products related to bioterrorism, including gas masks that may not work as advertised and ultraviolet lights falsely promoted as anthrax killers.

In November, the FTC sent e-mail warnings to operators of 50 sites peddling questionable treatments for anthrax, smallpox and other potential biological weapons. The ineffectual remedies included dietary supplements such as oregano oil and zinc mineral water.