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Wisconsin clinic quarantined
Wed April 17, 2013
Powder In Envelope Sends 15 to Hospitals in Beloit
15 people were hospitalized and dozens of others detained after an envelope containing powder was delivered to a Beloit health clinic.
Employees of the Beloit Area Community Health Center called 911 this morning after three people who handled the envelope felt a burning sensation in their eyes and noses. 15 people were sent to area hospitals as a precaution. More than 50 were quarantined at the clinic, but were allowed to leave late this afternoon, according to Beth Jacobsen, assistant to Beloit’s city manager.
A man delivered the envelope containing a mysterious powder to the clinic this morning. He has been described as a thin man, possibly in his 50s, with gray hair and a gray beard. He is believed to be a patient at the clinic.
The Wisconsin National Guard is assisting and is testing the powder. The Beloit Daily News reports tests show the powder is not a biological threat. It is now being tested to see if it is a chemical threat.