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How to Handle: Suspicious unopened letters or packages (Information from the CDC)
� Do not shake or empty the conents of any suspicious envelope or package
� PLACE the envelope or package in a plastic bag or some other type of container to
prevent leakage of contents.
� If you do not have any container, then COVER the envelope or package with
anything (paper, trash can, etc.) and do not remove this cover.
� Then LEAVE the room and CLOSE the door or section off the area to prevent others
from entering.
� WASH your hands with soap and water to prevent spreading any powder to your face.
What to do next . . . . .
� � � � � If you are at HOME report the incident to the local police.
� � � � � If you are at WORK report the incident to the local police and notify your supervisor.

West Nile Virus
The West Nile virus (WNV) is a mosquito-transmitted virus that can cause encephalitis in some people. The West Nile virus usually circulates between mosquitoes and birds in Africa and Europe. However, there was an outbreak of WN encephalitis reported in New York City in 1999. Since that time the virus has spread throughout much of the eastern United States, and was found as close as Madison, Wisconsin and east-central Iowa last summer.

The Minnesota Department of Health states that in 2002 there is a good chance the WNV will be found in Minnesota. Fortunately, most people who are bitten by infected mosquitoes will experience either no symptoms, or mild illness. While the risk of WN encephalitis to Minnesotans is small, people can do several things to protect themselves from this virus and other mosquito-transmitted illnesses already found here.

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