Defense Department: More Labs Affected by Anthrax Than Previously Reported

The Department of Defense has ordered a review of all labs following revelations that the number of labs that received live anthrax samples is larger than first reported.

“As of now, 24 laboratories in 11 states and two foreign countries are believed to have received suspect samples. We continue to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who is leading the ongoing investigation pursuit to its statutory authorities. The Department will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates to the public,” Defense Department said in a statement.

The Defense Department had previously reported labs in nine states and Osan Air Force Base in South Korea were impacted.

As a result of the inadvertent shipments, the Defense Department will do a review of all previously reported inactive spores to ensure there are no additional live samples in distribution.