Subcommittee to investigate anthrax shipment incidents

Subcommittee to investigate anthrax shipment incidents.
The U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce announced that the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will be holding a hearing on July 28 relating to the accidental shipment of live anthrax samples.

Samples were sent from a U.S. Army facility in Utah, the Dugway Proving Ground, but they shipped the samples without giving the samples radiation treatment to kill bacteria. Several laboratories and universities in the U.S. and South Korea received samples that were live. These were intended to be used in training exercises.

The following individuals will be testifying: Gregory Demske, chief counsel to the inspector general; Marcia Crosse, director of healthcare at the Government Accountability Office; Dan Sosin, deputy director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response and Christian Hassell, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Chemical and Biological Defense.

“Last summer it was anthrax in Ziploc bags," Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Ranking Member Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) said in a joint statement. "This summer, it’s live anthrax being shipped around the world from Department of Defense laboratories. There is zero margin for error when it comes to handling anthrax and there is zero tolerance for such blunders. This has got to stop.”


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