WASHINGTON, DC – Looks like the US Army has another snafu on its hands, if you know what we mean.
And this one could have been fatal. Still could be.
Army brass say personnel at the Dugway Proving Ground in Utah mistakenly sent out shipments of live anthrax for about a year, from March of last year to April of this year.
But they say this was not a case of human error.
They say it happened because a procedure that was supposed to make the anthrax inactive, in fact, left the deadly bacteria alive.
The Army used FedEx to ship the anthrax to laboratories in nine states and to an airbase in South Korea, because, apparently the Army prefers to send potentially deadly bacteria by FedEx, unlike Syria, which prefers barrel bombs to deliver its anthrax.
Four civilians are taking preventive measures, such as anthrax vaccines and antibiotics.
The Air Force put 22 military personnel at the base in South Korea on precautionary medical measures, but the military says none shows signs of exposure.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating to see if the Army’s procedures need to be changed.
But the Army’s snafu comes 11 months after the CDC also sent out live anthrax that should have been killed.
So, what is it about the phrase “control and prevention” that seems so hard to understand?