England’s chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies issued a “class 1” medical alert last night (August 2), warning healthcare professionals to handle with care any “unsolicited packages” received from an organisation called ‘The Cyrus Project’.
The unknown entity sent packages to “a number of health-related organisations over the last 24 hours”, requesting them to test a sample, Dame Davies said.
“Public Health England has confirmed initial testing on packages received to date shows it is highly unlikely the substance contained is hazardous,” she added in the alert.
However, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee said as “a precautionary measure, community pharmacy teams are advised to take a number of actions [see below] if they receive a package”.
Two men arrested
The Metropolitan police confirmed this afternoon that a 29-year-old man from Brent and a 37-year-old man from Harrow were arrested yesterday on “suspicion of Malicious Communications Act offences, after packages containing liquid were sent to a number of hospitals across the UK”.
“None of the packages have so far been found to contain anything hazardous,” they stressed.
The suspects have been released on bail to return to a north London police station in late August, it added.