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CDC: 'Klingerman Virus' E-mail a Hoax

September 25, 2001 

Numerous people are expressing concern about an e-mail they received regarding a so-called 'Klingerman virus.' According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the e-mail, its claims and the virus are a hoax.

The e-mail message states that people became infected with Klingerman virus after opening a gift package delivered to them in the postal mail. The people contracted the virus after they opened the package marked — "A gift for you from the Klingerman Foundation" — and handled a sponge inside.

This is the CDC's statement as taken from its Web site:

"The e-mail is a hoax. There is no 'Klingerman virus,' and the information in the e-mail notice is untrue. If you receive an e-mail message about 'Klingerman virus,' please do not forward it to others."

Anyone with other concerns about the contents of a package they receive through the U.S.Postal Service should contact their post office before opening the package.

Web Producer: Sean Rowe Reported by: 11Alive Staff. Copyright © 2001 WXIA-TV Atlanta

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