In a follow-up to a story last week, the US Department of Defense (DoD) released an update on the live anthrax shipments that were sent around the world yesterday.
The DoD says they ordered a comprehensive review of DoD laboratory procedures, processes, and protocols associated with inactivating spore-forming anthrax.
This review will consist of the following: Root cause analysis for the incomplete inactivation of anthrax, why post inactivation sterility testing did not detect the presence of live anthrax, DoD laboratory biohazard safety procedures and protocols, laboratory adherence to established procedures and protocols and identification of systemic problems and the steps necessary to fix those problems.
The updated numbers related to this incident are as follows: 51 commercial, university and government labs affected, anthrax was shipped to three foreign counties (Korea, Australia and Canada) and 18 states (California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, North Carolina and Washington, DC) and 31 DoD and non-DoD personnel have received anthrax prophylaxis.
Related: CDC statement on DOD anthrax mishap