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11 Sickened After Suspicious Mail Opened at Va. Military Base

3 of them are in stable condition at a medical facility
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 27, 2018 6:24 PM CST
11 Fall Ill After Suspicious Mail Opened at Virginia Military Base
Former Commander of International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan Gen. Davis Petraeus, second from left, reviews the troops during an armed forces farewell tribute and retirement ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Va., Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – Three people at a northern Virginia military base have been transported to a medical facility and are in stable condition after a suspicious piece of mail was opened and nearly a dozen people felt ill, the AP reports. A spokeswoman for Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall says people in the office on the Marine Corps side of the base said that as soon as the mail was opened they began feeling poorly and complaining of sore throats. CNN reports some people experienced a burning sensation in their hands and face and one person had a nose bleed. Leah Rubalcaba says 11 people were initially assessed, and three were transported for medical care. The Arlington County Fire Department says on Twitter that the three are stable and the investigation is ongoing. The Marine Corps says the building was evacuated, and several Marines are receiving medical care. (Read more suspicious package stories.)

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