Probe of Illnesses at Scott AFB Closed

MASCOUTAH, Ill. (AP) __ The source of an irritant that sent three
mail center workers at a southwestern Illinois air base to the
hospital may forever be a mystery.
A Scott Air Force Base spokesman says authorities were unable to
pinpoint what caused Wednesday’s illnesses and a brief evacuation
of that portion of the installation. The spokesman says the
investigation is now closed.
Officials have said it’s possible whatever caused the mail
handlers to develop respiratory or skin reactions may have
dissipated by the time tests were done.
Thirteen other people were decontaminated Wednesday as a
Lt. Benjamin Garland says the mail center remains closed,
although the rest of the base is open and considered safe.
He says there’s no evidence the questioned mailing was

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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