Pentagon sends live anthrax spores accidentally to nine labs

US officials accidentally sent live anthrax spores to labs in nine states.Press TV

The US military says it accidentally sent live anthrax spores to as many as nine laboratories and is investigating how that happened.

There was no public threat from the mishap, a Pentagon official claimed on Wednesday.

The labs were supposed to receive dead anthrax samples for research use.    

One anthrax sample was also shipped off to a US military base in South Korea, according to the Pentagon.

Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said the military was working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to retrieve the samples.

According to the Pentagon, samples came from a military lab at Dugway Proving Ground (DPG), Utah, Army facility.

The US government confirmed one shipment actually had live anthrax spores, and said that the eight others also could have.

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

“The Department of Defense is collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in their investigation of the inadvertent transfer of samples containing live Bacillus anthracis, also known as anthrax, from a DoD lab in Dugway, Utah, to labs in nine states,” said Warren.

“There is no known risk to the general public, and there are no suspected or confirmed cases of anthrax infection in potentially exposed lab workers. The DoD lab was working as part of a DoD effort to develop a field-based test to identify biological threats in the environment,” he added.


8 thoughts on “Pentagon sends live anthrax spores accidentally to nine labs

  1. Accident? Mmmm….ya know this type of accident has happened before by the CDC…that’s right, the same gov. arm that this time will be collaborating with the DOD in it’s investigation. But it’s all going to work out fine. Our central planners/authorities got it under control kind of the same way they are running the economy so you can sleep well tonight.

  2. There’s a lot of stench surrounding this story, and I don’t believe a word of it.

    First of all, why nine different labs scattered across the country, when the Pentagon has billion-dollar research facilities of their own?

    Secondly, why is the Pentagon in the anthrax business anyway? I thought only terrorists used that.

    Thirdly, and the main reason I think we’re being lied to here, is that anyone who doesn’t know live anthrax from dead anthrax when they’re shipping it, is probably dead themselves.

  3. Fear porn that for some quells the thought in the back of their minds that tells them the fed govt could be complicit in any intentional activity to harm them because the feds are far too feckless. A get out of jail free card.

    “They’re just too unorganized and stupid to be able to pull off anything against US!” says the person standing on the edge of the ditch.

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