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Envelope with powder leads to quarantine in Beloit

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BELOIT, Wis. (AP) -- A Beloit police captain says police are looking for a patient who they think delivered a suspicious envelope to a health clinic.

Officials say a man hand-delivered an envelope containing powder to the Beloit Area Community Health Center Wednesday morning. Three people who handled it experienced burning and discomfort in their eyes and noses.

  Beloit police Capt. Vince Sciame (SHAH-may) said Wednesday afternoon that investigators believe the man was a patient and they are trying to track him down.

He says 15 people were taken to local hospitals, mostly for precautionary reasons. He says the three original people were the only ones with symptoms. All have since been released from the hospitals.

Fifty-six people had been under quarantine but were released home Wednesday afternoon.

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BELOIT, Wis. (AP) -- An official in Beloit says about 15 people have been taken to hospitals and another 56 are quarantined after a suspicious envelope was delivered to a health clinic.

Beth Jacobsen is the assistant to the city manager of Beloit. She says a man hand-delivered an envelope containing powder to the Beloit Area Community Health Center Wednesday morning. Employees called 911 after three people who handled the envelope experienced burning and discomfort in their eyes and noses.

She says some of the people were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Lt. Joe Trovato of Wisconsin National Guard says their 54th Civil Support Team is on scene and is expected to test the substance in their mobile lab Wednesday.

Authorities are trying to identify the man who delivered the envelope.

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