Guam a secondary recipient of anthrax shipment


There’s Agent Orange at Andersen Air Force Base, detectable nuclear fallout from Pacific testing and Polychlorinated biphenyls in Merizo. Now, add anthrax to the list of contaminants dumped on Guam by the U.S. military.

In May 2015, a Pentagon scandal broke out when the Department of Defense discovered that the BioTesting Division at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah had inadvertently made 575 shipments of live anthrax samples to 194 laboratories and contractors worldwide from 2004 through 2015.

A report from the Government Accountability Office released on Sept. 20 indicated that Guam is among the secondary recipients of the anthrax shipments.

The pathogen, scientifically known as Bacillus anthracis, causes anthrax, a serious infectious disease. It occurs naturally in soil and commonly affects domestic and wild animals around the world and can survive in the environment for decades, according to GAO’s information analysis. Because Bacillus anthracis is both infectious and exceptionally resilient, the U.S. military found it ideally suited for biological weapons programs.

According to GAO’s report, primary recipients of the anthrax samples throughout the 12-year