"It was just sent as an ordinary letter, requesting information material. "
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sam Ongeri, Kenyan Health Minster
"Then we will know whether it is anthrax bacillus, or anthrax subtilus (spelling unknown). These are two sub types and until such a time we know what the sub types is, it'll be to early to start treating these individuals.
5. Exterior UN office
MOFA - (BETA MATERIAL )
6. Sun Yuxi, spokesperson of Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, walks into news briefing
8. SOUNDBITE: (Mandarin) Sun Yuxi, spokesperson of Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs " On October the 16th two cases of envelopes containing suspicious materials were found in China, one of the Chinese employees in the US company in China opened this letter, the suspicious materials were contained in Falun Gong propaganda files under the name of Truth. The Chinese government paid great attention to this case, sanitary and quarantine organisations are now carrying out strict epidemic controlling and sterilising work to the person and districts exposed to this material. The police are investigating and quarantine organisations are also testing and determining these materials, the result is not out yet."
The Kenyan Health Ministry says white powder in a letter mailed from the United States to a Kenyan businessman has tested positive for anthrax spores.
It's the first case of a tainted letter outside the United States since the September 11 attacks.
And in Beijing, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that two letters containing suspicious materials were sent to an American company in China.
Kenya's Health Minister Sam Ongeri told a news conference that the unidentified recipient and four family members "may have come into contact" with the spores and were being tested, but they are "not in danger."
He said the powder was undergoing further tests.
White powder was found in two other letters, one to an official with the UN Environment Programme in Nairobi and the other to a Kenyan businessman in the central town of Nyeri, according to the health minister.
Those letters were also being tested at the state-run Kenya Medical Research Institute, he said.
Ongeri said the letter that tested positive for anthrax was mailed September 8, three days before the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, from Atlanta.
It arrived in Kenya on October 9 and opened on October 11.
The hand-addressed letter to the U-N official was mailed from Pakistan, and the letter to the businessman appeared to have been mailed from Nairobi, he said.
A UNEP spokesman said the letter from Pakistan had seemed suspicious.
The anthrax scares have caused jitters worldwide.
There have been scares and hoaxes, but so far, no one outside the United States has tested positive for the bacteria.
Hundreds of pranks or suspicious incidents have generated widespread public fear.
The Chinese Foreign Affairs spokesman did not say which city the suspicious letters were sent to or which U-S company received the mail.
But he did say that the suspicious materials were contained in Falun Gong propaganda files.
Tests are being carried out on the letters and on the people exposed to the suspicious material.