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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE: Laboratory Review

The Department of Defense has ordered a comprehensive review of DoD laboratory procedures, processes, and protocols associated with inactivating spore-forming anthrax.

The DoD Review Consists of:

  • Root cause analysis for the incomplete inactivation of anthrax
  • Why post inactivation sterility testing did not detect the presence of live anthrax
  • DoD laboratory biohazard safety procedures and protocols
  • Laboratory adherence to established procedures and protocols
  • Identification of systemic problems and the steps necessary to fix those problems.

Individuals Being Monitored and Receiving Post-Exposure Prophylaxis:

  • 88 Primary Labs

    Primary Recipients from Dugway Proving Ground

  • 106 Secondary Labs

    Secondary Recipients from Primary Recipients

  • 194 Total Labs

    Commercial companies, academic institutions and Federal Labs

  • 9 Foreign Countries

    Japan, United Kingdom, Korea, Australia, Canada, Italy, Germany, Norway and Switzerland

  • 50 States, 1 District, 3 Territories

    50 States, District of Columbia, 3 Territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, The U.S. Virgin Islands)

  • 0 Personnel on Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)

    0 Non-DoD and 0 DoD employees

Current as of 1200 EDT, August 14, 2015

Information Resource Center Hotline

In support of the coordination and rapid response to the DoD's comprehensive review of this matter, a 24-hour a day, seven days a week hotline has been established. Public inquiries and questions regarding the DoD's review of laboratory procedures can be directed to the Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Information Resource Center.


  • Toll Free: 1-800-831-4408
  • Commercial Phone: 309-782-7349
  • Commercial Fax: 309-782-1919
  • DSN Phone: 793-7349
  • DSN Fax: 793-1919
  • Email: CBRN.IRC@mail.mil

Pentagon Provides DoD Lab Review Update

As part of its ongoing laboratory review, the Defense Department announced additional laboratories and one new state have been added to the list of sites that received low concentrations of live anthrax samples. Story

Work Pledges Transparency in Department Laboratory Review

Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work promised transparency in the Defense Department's comprehensive review of its laboratory procedures, processes and protocols associated with inactivating spore-forming anthrax. Story

DoD Launches Review of Lab Procedures Involving Anthrax

The Defense Department is launching a comprehensive review of its laboratory procedures, processes, and protocols associated with inactivating spore-forming anthrax. Story

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Screengrab of Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work delivering Brief on Review of Lab Procedures and Anthrax Shipment.

Department Leaders Brief on Review of Lab Procedures and Anthrax Shipment

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