Revelations about the United States military's sloppy handling of live Anthrax continued to get worse on Thursday, as it was revealed that in addition to accidentally sending live samples to nine U.S. based laboratories, the deadly bacteria was also sent to a U.S. military base in Korea.
Despite the Pentagon saying on Wednesday that there was no risk to the public, which we were highly skeptical of, four U.S. civilians have been started on preventive measures called post-exposure prophylaxis, which means they have taken the anthrax vaccine and antibiotics.
A further twenty two personnel at the base in South Korea were also given precautionary medical treatment although the military insists they are not at risk.
Anthrax can become extremely deadly when it becomes airborne, killing within a matter of hours if it is inhaled by humans. This can be especially dangerous in a highly populated area or inside a building. Five federal workers were killed in recent years due to mailed Anthrax samples that were stolen from military labs.