US army says 22 personel possibly exposed to anthrax at South Korea base

This photograph taken on April 15, 2010 shows the entrance to the US military base in Osan, south of Seoul. As many as 22 personnel may have been exposed to anthrax during a laboratory training exercise at the US military base in South Korea, a milit
This photograph taken on April 15, 2010 shows the entrance to the US military base in Osan, south of Seoul. As many as 22 personnel may have been exposed to anthrax during a laboratory training exercise at the US military base in South Korea, a military statement said on May 28, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (REUTERS) – Twenty-two personnel at a US Air Force Base in South Korea have been given emergency medical treatment after being exposed to a possible live sample of anthrax, the US military said in a statement on Thursday.  

The anthrax was destroyed on Wednesday when a sample initially expected to be inactive and destined for a training exercise was suspected of being live, according to a statement by the US Air Force 51st Fighter Wing in the South Korean city of Osan, 35 km south of Seoul.

None of the personnel in contact with the sample showed signs of exposure, the statement said, but were given “appropriate medical precautionary measures to include examinations, antibiotics and in some instances, vaccinations”. 

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