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Mysterious substance found inside envelope at community health center


BELOIT, Wis (WSAU)   The State Crime Lab will try to identify a substance inside an envelope that caused 15 people at a Beloit clinic to be treated at a hospital. A National Guard unit examined the powder yesterday – but those tests failed to pinpoint the content.

Beloit Police captain Vince Sciame said it was not a biological or chemical agent. He said a patient at the Beloit Area Community Health Center delivered the envelope yesterday morning. It had a payment for a bill, but the man denied putting a foreign substance inside – and he said he was “dumb-founded” by what happened. He said the man quote, “gave us no indication of malintent.”

Three clinic employees who handled the envelope had discomfort and burning in their noses-and-eyes. Fifteen people were taken to a hospital as a precaution – and all were later released. 56 others were quarantined inside the clinic, most employees. Sciame said they were sent home late yesterday, with advice to call their doctors if they get symptoms.