A letter returned from Malaysia to the Reno, Nevada offices of Microsoft`s licensing branch stands a diminishing chance of containing anthrax spores, local health officials believe. |
A preliminary test indicated anthrax, and a subsequent, somewhat more sensitive, one did not. A tie-breaker is scheduled for Saturday to confirm whether the increasingly popular, postal-friendly bacterium is actually present.
The offending item was originally mailed from the MS office with a cheque to a vendor in Malaysia. It recently returned whence it came with three payloads: the uncashed cheque, some pornographic imagery, and a possible biohazard. It is not known whether the suspicious substance got onto the letter in Malaysia, in the post offices it passed through, or in the Microsoft licensing office where it originated.