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Posted: Friday, February 14, 2003 10:25 am | Updated: 1:29 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Preliminary tests indicate that whatever made a 59-year-old Eloy man ill Thursday night was not anthrax, health officials said Friday.

According to officials, the Eloy resident was rushed to the Casa Grande Regional Medical Center shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday after developing a rash and breathing problems upon opening an envelope with a white substance.

As doctors tended to the patient, a portion of the hospital's emergency department was closed as a precautionary measure, said Kai Gerkey, a hospital spokesman.

The man was released from the hospital within four hours and the envelope was taken to the Arizona Department of Health Services lab in Phoenix by a member of the Arizona Department of Public Safety's hazardous materials unit.

Courtney Casillas, a department of health spokeswoman, said preliminary tests came back negative for anthrax, although further testing will be done to confirm the results.

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