HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut State Police are investigating a threat against Gov. Dannel P. Malloy made by someone claiming they sent a letter to the Democrat containing anthrax.
On Tuesday, the state Capitol Police discovered the suspected letter in the state Capitol complex mailroom and cordoned off the area. An initial field test showed the letter tested negative for anthrax, an infectious disease caused by a type of bacteria.
The letter was transported to the state police crime laboratory for further testing.
The state police Major Crimes Division is investigating the threat against Malloy, which consisted of a phone call to the governor’s constituent services office.
In 2001, anthrax was deliberately spread through the U.S. postal system when letters with powder containing anthrax were sent, resulting in 22 cases of anthrax infection.