Pentagon mistakenly sent live anthrax samples to Winnipeg lab
Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg got live anthrax bacterium by mistake
The Pentagon mistakenly sent live anthrax samples to a microbiology lab in Winnipeg, The Public Health Agency of Canada has confirmed.
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The shipment came in 2006 with testing kits sent from the U.S. Department of Defence that were meant to help the lab validate its anthrax detection tests.
The kits were supposed to contain "dead" or inactive anthrax bacteria.
A Pentagon spokesman said at the time the samples were sent from the Dugway Proving Ground, an army facility in Utah.
PHAC officials said the testing kit hasn't been used in over five years, and there were no reports of illness among staff who would have worked with the kit five years ago.
On Tuesday, PHAC officials said they were working with their U.S. counterparts to determine the next steps.