Anthrax scare in Italy

According to Italian officials, a blue powder that was found in a central post office in Via Romoli in Turin, Italy, contains no anthrax.
The suspicious powder was found on Tuesday at approximately 6:30 p.m., AGI News. Employees remained for hours in the post office waiting for test results as required by security procedures.
Tests found that there was no anthrax or similar substances in the powder and that the powder appeared to be detergent or residue from a fire extinguisher.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, anthrax is a serious disease caused by Bacillus anthracis, which is a spore-forming bacterium. There are three types of anthrax - cutaneous, inhalation and gastrointestinal.
Humans can become infected with anthrax by handling products from infected animals, breathing in spores from infected animal products or from eating undercooked meat from infected animals. Anthrax can also be used as a weapon, which occurred in the United States in 2001 when it was deliberately spread through the postal system using letters containing powdered anthrax. The attacks caused 22 cases of anthrax infection and five deaths.

Anthrax is treated differently depending on if symptoms have begun to arise. After potential exposure, treatment includes antibiotics combined with the anthrax vaccine. Treatment after symptoms have begun is typically a 60 day course of antibiotics.