Pentagon Knuckleheads Mistakenly Sent Anthrax to Canada and Australia

By Kate Knibbs on at

Did you see the news that a US Defense Department lab sent live anthrax from a Utah Army lab to 28 different places in the US and one military base in South Korea? It didn’t stop there: The deadly lab samples were also sent to Canada and Australia.

While no one has been harmed, the incident isn’t the first time US government employees have mishandled incredibly dangerous potential bioweapons.

The anthrax spores reached the correct recipients, but they were supposed to be dead. According to an email from a Center for Disease Control official obtained by USA Today, the Utab lab’s procedure for killing anthrax spores may not work. (Which...seems obvious.)

Canada and Australia are two chill Commonwealth lands, known for their vast stretches of sparsely inhabited landscapes and plastic money. Their friendly relationships with the US mean this embarrassing foray into goof-up bio-terror won’t cause an international incident, but hopefully it’ll up the standards for making sure the Pentagon double-checks that its packages aren’t potentially lethal before sending them to allies and partners.

[USA Today]

Image via Center for Disease Control