By Dr. Mercola
It was back in May 2015 when the first reports surfaced. The Pentagon announced that Dugway Proving Ground, an Army laboratory in Utah, sent out live anthrax to commercial labs in nine states over a period spanning from March 2014 to March 2015.1
The anthrax was reportedly part of a routine research process, but it was supposed to be inactive upon transfer. A lab in Maryland was the first to notify the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that the anthrax they received was in fact live, and it turned out the other shipments were live as well.
As of September, another announcement was made, this time showing the live anthrax was shipped to far more laboratories than was previously disclosed.
Instead of nine states, the live anthrax was actually shipped out to all 50 states (totaling 194 labs), three territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands), Washington, D.C., and nine other countries (Japan, United Kingdom, South Korea, Australia, Canada, Italy, Germany, Norway, and Switzerland).
What Caused the ‘Worst Biosafety Fiasco’ in Years?
At this time the Pentagon states they have not found a “single root cause,” but there were two known errors made. As Forbes reported:2
“Dugway made two major errors repeatedly over a decade. First, they failed to irradiate the anthrax spores adequately to inactivate them. Second, their tests to confirm that the anthrax was dead were inadequate.
The same pattern was seen last year in a lapse by the CDC, which sent live anthrax spores to another lab… someone took shortcuts, using unapproved sterilization techniques.
… The Pentagon placed the blame for the anthrax fiasco on a lack of scientific consensus. Instead, they should look at why they have allowed inadequate procedures to go on for decades
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