Pentagon: More labs got shipments of live anthrax samples

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This Feb. 19, 2015 photo shows Referee Module No. 2 of the Whole System Live Agent Test at Dugway Proving Ground in Dugway, Utah. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating that aspect of what went wrong at Dugway Proving Ground, the Army installation in Utah that sent the anthrax to government and commercial labs in nine states across the U.S. and to an Army lab in South Korea.   Kristin Murphy/The Deseret News via AP
This Feb. 19, 2015 photo shows Referee Module No. 2 of the Whole System Live Agent Test at Dugway Proving Ground in Dugway, Utah. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating that aspect of what went wrong at Dugway Proving Ground, the Army installation in Utah that sent the anthrax to government and commercial labs in nine states across the U.S. and to an Army lab in South Korea. Kristin Murphy/The Deseret News via AP

Pentagon: More labs got shipments of live anthrax samples

by: Lolita C. Baldor | .
The Associated Press | .
published: June 10, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon says the number of laboratories that received shipments of live anthrax samples has grown to 68, including one in the United Kingdom.

Defense officials disclosed in late May that low concentration samples of live anthrax were shipped to labs from the Army's Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, beginning in 2005 or 2006.

Army Col. Steve Warren says the new tally includes labs in 19 states and the District of Columbia and four countries, and involves samples from five batches, up from the four previously reported.

The anthrax was supposed to have been killed with gamma rays before being shipped for use by commercial labs and government facilities in research. But for reasons not yet explained, the anthrax apparently remained alive.

Officials say there is no public health risk.