In other news.
The U.S. government has revealed that a Pentagon lab in Utah mistakenly sent live anthrax to
an American air force base here in Korea. U.S. military officials say the active sample，…
which was used in a training exercise… has since been safely destroyed.
Our Kim Hyun－bin breaks down what happened. Questions are bound to be asked about how
a live sample of one of the deadliest diseases known to man was mistakenly sent from a U.S.
military research facility in Utah to an American air base in South Korea.
The Pentagon said on Wednesday that live anthrax was sent to nine U.S. states and the Osan
air force base， south of Seoul. A Pentagon official stressed that all the
samples have since been destroyed in accordance with appropriate protocols.
The U.S. Defense Department says there′s no known risk to the general public， and
no personnel have shown any signs of possible exposure.
It appears the samples were shipped from a proving ground in Utah on April 30th， then
distributed to labs in nine states and Korea. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
was alerted to the mix－up after a lab in Maryland discovered their package included
live samples. It′s thought the CDC notified Osan air base
on Saturday. Live anthrax can cause severe illness and
even death among people who come in contact with it，… while dead anthrax samples can
be used for research. A terrorist sent live samples of anthrax through
the U.S. mail to government and media targets back in 2001， killing five people.
Kim Hyun－bin， Arirang News.