The American Department of Defense has been inadvertently shipping live anthrax spores around the world in what they call a "massive institutional failure with a potentially dangerous biotoxin."
Apparently, the spores were thought to have been deactivated. So far, The Pentagon has not yet found a "root cause" for the fiasco. Canada is one of the nine foreign countries that received the anthrax shipments.
while the spores are not an imminent threat to public health, the fiasco certainly does not give one confidence in the safety protocols used by the military to handle, store or experiment with toxins, viruses or biological weapons. anthrax is not spread person to person
The Department of Defense admitted this week it had mistakenly shipped live anthrax spores to all 50 states and nine countries, many more than it had previously admitted.
The shipments were mistakingly sent to 194 labs, including government, university and corporate labs, in nine foreign countries, all 50 states, three U.S. territories — Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The foreign countries were: Japan, United Kingdom, Korea, Australia, Canada, Italy, Germany, Norway and Switzerland.
Anthrax makes a good weapon because it can be released quietly and without anyone knowing. The microscopic spores could be put into powders, sprays, food, and water. Because they are so small, you may not be able to see, smell, or taste them
Anthrax has been used as a weapon around the world for nearly a century. In 2001, powdered anthrax spores were deliberately put into letters that were mailed through the U.S. postal system. Twenty-two people, including 12 mail handlers, got anthrax, and five of these 22 people died.