DoD Lab Sample Investigation (Anthrax)

2015 | May 26 – June 22, 2015

CDC investigated the unintentional transfer of anthrax from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to labs in multiple states and overseas.

The CDC investigation started after a request for technical consultation from a private commercial lab.

The lab was working as part of a DOD effort to develop a new diagnostic test to identify biological threats.

Although an inactivated agent was expected, the lab reported they were able to grow live Bacillus anthracis.

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The investigation included determining if the labs also received other live samples, epidemiologic consultation, worker safety review, laboratory analysis, and handling of laboratory waste.