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Maryland officials issue alert in wake of DC suspicious letters

REISTERSTOWN — Maryland officials say no suspicious letters have been reported in the state, but they are warning residents to be on the lookout after dozens of Washington schools received envelopes containing white powder.

Maryland Emergency Management Agency Director Richard Muth says the letters are an attempt to instill fear and disrupt people’s daily lives and preparing people to react in similar situations can help reduce that fear.

Anyone who receives a suspicious item should isolate it, leave the area, wash their hands, alert others and call 911. Health officials say no preventive antibiotics are recommended at this time for persons who may be exposed to these letters.

Potential indicators of a suspicious package include items with incorrect addresses, no return address, misspelled words, excessive tape and restrictive markings.