The Pentagon said on Friday the army may have mistakenly sent live anthrax to a laboratory in Australia in 2008, in addition to the suspected live anthrax it sent this year to more than a dozen labs in the US and South Korea.
The US military said it discovered even more suspected shipments of live anthrax than previously thought, both within America and abroad, and ordered a sweeping review of practices meant to inactivate the bacteria.
The Pentagon said a total of 11 states, two more than it first acknowledged, received “suspect samples,” as did Australia and South Korea. It had previously only identified a foreign shipment to a US air base south of Seoul.
“There is no known risk to the general public and an extremely low risk to lab workers,” the Pentagon said in a statement.