The Pentagon revealed Wednesday that “live anthrax” was shipped, apparently by accident, from a lab in Utah to as many as nine states.
Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren assured “there is no known risk to the general public” and said an investigation is under way. But a defense official also told Fox News it is unknown at this time whether anyone was exposed to the live samples.
All samples are in the process of being collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The material in question was prepared at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, as part of what was described as a “routine” research process. It was then sent out to Defense Department and commercial labs in nine states — the shipments were supposed to include only inactive, or dead, anthrax when they were transferred.
“These were supposed to be dead spores anthrax, called AG-1,” the defense official said.
But a private lab in Maryland, on May 22, informed the CDC that they thought the samples contained live anthrax. The CDC then informed the Defense Department.
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