US military accidentally shipped live Anthrax to nine labs


27 MAY 2015

US officials accidentally sent Anthrax to labs in nine states

The US military accidentally sent live Anthrax samples to as many as nine labs across the country.

There were no public threats from the mishap, a defence official said on Wednesday.

A US Defense Department laboratory in Utah had “inadvertently” shipped the samples to commercial labs.

Government health authorities are testing the samples. All Anthrax samples are believed to be secured, and there are no known exposures.

Spokesman Col Steve Warren said the Defence Department is working with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to get the samples, which were supposed to be dead or inactivated.

The government has confirmed one shipment actually had live spores, and the eight others might, too.

The live spores were shipped from Utah to labs in Texas, Maryland, Wisconsin, Delaware, New Jersey, Tennessee, New York, California and Virginia.

Categories: . Accidental Pathogen Releases

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