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Former resident being treated for possible anthrax


A former Fort Frances resident who now works at a Windsor post office will find out in the next few days whether he’s a victim of anthrax-tainted mail.

Wilf Schnekenburger, 30, was doing sorting mail around 8 p.m. (EST) on Sunday when he noticed a substance coming from one or more letters, his mother, Sandra Hill, said Monday morning.

The incident was reported immediately, with Schnekenburger being taken to hospital and treated with antibiotics by an emergency response team.

“The fire department put him in an isolated room and gave him all the treatments as a precaution. He had to be hosed down,” Hill said.

“They had to take his clothes, his cell phone, whatever he had on him at the time, to be tested in Toronto,” she added.

Schnekenburger showed no immediate signs of being ill and was released from hospital around 12:30 a.m. (EST).

He was given the antibiotic ciprofloxacin (commonly referred to as simply “cipro”), and will be required to report any change in condition for a 48-hour period, leaving Hill and the rest of the family playing the waiting game.

“We’ve read about it in the papers. But it hit a little close last night. It wasn’t a good evening,” Hill remarked.

Schnekenburger worked part-time at the post office here before getting a full-time position in Windsor in February.

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