Anthrax scare, as Pentagon ships live spores
Nine states affected by military mistake
A spokesperson for the Pentagon admitted live anthrax spores were accidentally shipped to nine states, as well as to a U.S. base in South Korea, Osan.
In a statement, the Pentagon said the “inadvertent transfer of samples containing live Bacillus anthracis,” or anthrax, began with a U.S. defense department lab in Dugway, Utah, the Guardian reported.
Officials thought the spores were dead. Fox News reported four government workers are being treated for exposure.
Col. Steve Warren, acting press secretary for the Pentagon, said in a media conference there is “no known risk to the general public” and lab workers at Dugway were “working as part of a DoD effort to develop a field-based test to identify biological threats in the environment.”
The Pentagon joined forces with the Centers for Disease Control to investigate the mishap. Officials declined to say when the shipment took place.
ABC News reported the affected states were California, Texas, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey and New York.
This isn’t the first government mistake involving anthrax.
A year ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported staff in Georgia were mistakenly exposed to live anthrax spores while conducting an experiment.(source)
Soon after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, letters laced with anthrax began appearing in the U.S. mail. Five Americans were killed and 17 were sickened in what became the worst biological attacks in U.S. history.
The ensuing investigation by the FBI and its partners—code-named “Amerithrax”—has been one of the largest and most complex in the history of law enforcement.
In August 2008, Department of Justice and FBI officials announced a breakthrough in the case and released documents and information showing that charges were about to be brought against Dr. Bruce Ivins, who took his own life before those charges could be filed. On February 19, 2010, the Justice Department, the FBI, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service formally concluded the investigation into the 2001 anthrax attacks and issued an Investigative Summary.
The Amerithrax Task Force—which consisted of roughly 25 to 30 full-time investigators from the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and other law enforcement agencies, as well as federal prosecutors from the District of Columbia and the Justice Department’s Counterterrorism Section—expended hundreds of thousands of investigator work hours on this case. Their efforts involved more than 10,000 witness interviews on six different continents, the execution of 80 searches, and the recovery of more than 6,000 items of potential evidence during the course of the investigation. The case involved the issuance of more than 5,750 grand jury subpoenas and the collection of 5,730 environmental samples from 60 site locations. In addition, new scientific methods were developed that ultimately led to the break in the case—methods that could have a far-reaching impact on future investigations.(source)
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