DOD releases comprehensive lab review of anthrax samples

DOD releases comprehensive lab review of anthrax samples.
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has released its findings from a comprehensive review of the processes of inactivating anthrax samples, the DOD announced on Friday.

Within the report they state that live samples that had been inadvertently sent to labs had come from the Dugway Proving Ground facility and they report that DOD laboratories have been consistent in their ability to identify live spores. The report indicates that it was a failure of the viability testing following irradiation of the sample that allowed the remaining live anthrax spores to be shipped out.

The review committee reports that the testing solution of the irradiated sample is the smallest of all DOD laboratories. With the small sample size and a short timeframe between sample inactivation and viability testing exacerbated the situation.

A single cause of live samples of anthrax being shipped to laboratories could not be found as personnel followed protocols.

The U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) reports that the USFK and the Republic of Korea are working together in the specific review of biological defense programs. They state that the DOD report is not specific to the USFK operation or those of the Korean government.

"The establishment of the ROK – U.S. Alliance’s Biological Defense Cooperation Joint Working Group will ensure continued cooperation on biological defense programs," Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, USFK commander said.

Organizations in this story

U.S. Department of Defense 2 N Rotary Rd Arlington, VA 22202

Get notified the next time we write about U.S. Department of Defense!