Army Chief ‘99.9 Percent’ Confident No One Was Harmed By Anthrax

The Army’s top officer says he is confident that the accidental shipment of live anthrax to labs in nine states and South Korea did not endanger any lives.

“I’m 99.9 percent confident that nobody’s in danger,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said Thursday during a Defense Writers Group breakfast.

Based on the initial study the service has conducted of the incident, Odierno said standard procedures were followed in the shipment.

“Best I can tell, there was not human error,” he said.

On Wednesday, a Defense Department official said that an anthrax sample was prepared at the Dugway Army facility in Utah as part of routine research, then shipped to the other laboratories. All of the samples were supposed to be dead or inactive.

The facilities are located in Texas, Maryland, Wisconsin, Delaware, New Jersey, Tennessee, New York, California and Virginia.