Seattle lab also received live anthrax shipments, report says

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says it has determined that possibly live anthrax was mistakenly sent to labs in Canada and Washington state, in addition to the numerous labs in the U.S. and abroad that were announced last week.

A Pentagon spokesman, Col. Steve Warren, says Canadian and Washington state authorities have been notified.

Warren said the suspect anthrax was from a sample at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah. The anthrax was supposed to have been inactivated before being sent to labs across the U.S. for research but apparently was not. It also was sent to labs in South Korea and Australia.

The anthrax sample in Washington was sent to Inbios International Inc., a private commercial laboratory, the Seattle Times reports. It was not opened and immediately returned. There were no exposures.

The Pentagon and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating.

Warren said there is no known risk to public health.

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