Target: Department of Defense
Goal: Enforce more rigorous inspections in labs before shipping anthrax.
Twenty-two people were treated for potential exposure to anthrax after the United States military shipped samples that could have been live. When shipping anthrax, it has to be considered “dead” to ensure that no one is exposed. If it is considered live it must be shipped in much more secure conditions.
When various labs received the samples, they called for the originating lab to be tested. Live samples were found at the lab which led scientists to believe some of the samples that were shipped as dead were actually live. This slip up could have caused widespread deaths and panic. Urge the Department of Defense to ensure that more thorough inspections are completed before shipping anthrax.
Dear Department of Defense,
Twenty-two people are being treated after a shipment of anthrax that was sent to labs potentially contained live samples. While experts say there no one was harmed, things could have taken a deadly turn.
We the undersigned urge you to enforce more rigorous inspection in military labs before shipping anthrax to ensure that no live samples are shipped without proper precautions taken.
[Your Name Here]
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