Friday, 15 January 2016

Live anthrax samples sent to Utah laboratory

Utah lab decontaminated after receiving live anthrax

15 January, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) State documents show that a Utah laboratory was decontaminated in June after receiving live anthrax samples from Dugway Proving Ground.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the Utah Department of Health released the documents Wednesday in response to a records request from the Tribune and the Citizens Education Project.

Dugway is a U.S. Army testing center in western Utah.

There were no reports of the anthrax making anyone sick in Utah or elsewhere.

State documents show that contamination in Utah was confined to a biological safety cabinet where scientists worked in protective gear.

Workers decontaminated the entire lab on the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Health Department redacted the name of the lab involved. A spokesman for the department says the agency considers the matter closed.

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