NEWS - Saturday, October 13, 2001


Anthrax in envelope to Microsoft

Anthrax has been discovered in an envelope mailed from Malaysia to a Reno, Nevada branch of software giant Microsoft Corp. Nevada state officials said on Saturday.

The determination was made after three rounds of tests for the potentially deadly substance. The first test produced a "presumptively positive" result but a second test conflicted with a "presumptively negative" result.

The third and final test on Saturday located an anthrax strain, though it was unclear if it was a disease-carrying or vaccine strain, Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn said.

The suspicious envelope contained pornographic magazine clippings that appeared to have had contact with moisture. The anthrax was discovered on one of the magazine clippings.

A Microsoft spokesman told Reuters a handful of its Reno-area employees were being tested for anthrax exposure and results should be in on Monday. Microsoft said it has about 75 employees in the office that received the anthrax-tainted envelope.

The Reno division handles product licensing agreements worldwide for Microsoft.
Source: http://biz.yahoo.com/rf/011013/n13112863_2.html

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