A plastic vial supposedly containing a sample of the deadly Ebola virus has been sent to a major New Zealand newspaper, reports suggest.
Sky News Melbourne bureau chief Ahron Young said the vial was part of a package from a “jihadist group” sent to an office this morning, later confirmed to be the New Zealand Herald.
It arrived with a letter claiming that the liquid was a sample of Ebola. It was understood that the mailroom was evacuated and the staff were hosed down.
According to a tweet sent by the Herald, the vial was originally sent to the mailroom, but “all precautions were taken”.
The Herald Sun and the New Zealand Herald both report that the delivery is a suspected hoax, but the sample has been sent to Melbourne’s specialist Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory to determine if it contains the killer disease.
Auckland police said a small amount of liquid in a plastic bottle had been sent to the Herald office in a suspicious package along with some documents, one of which mentioned Ebola.