Army lab lacked effective anthrax-killing procedures


WASHINGTON, D.C.: The US Army research facility that has mistakenly shipped live anthrax to unsuspecting labs in the U.S. and abroad for more than 10 years failed to have effective and standardized procedures for killing the deadly bacteria with radiation, according to a federal investigation report obtained by USA TODAY.

The report, dated June 5, cites the Dugway Proving Ground’s Life Science Test Facility in Utah with three violations of federal regulations for working with potential bioterror agents and orders the facility to immediately cease all shipments of “inactivated” anthrax specimens.

The military declined to comment on the findings of the report. “We are conduc-ting an investigation of this matter, and the CDC report is a component of that investi-gation,” said a Pentagon spokesman.



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