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Lab that received anthrax decontaminated, reopened


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin commercial laboratory that mistakenly received live anthrax spores had been decontaminated and reopened.

BBI Detection, of Madison, was one of 86 facilities in 20 states and seven other countries that received the anthrax specimens in May from the U.S. Army's Dugway Proving Ground in Utah. The Army said it meant to send dead anthrax samples to 18 labs in nine states and an Army lab in South Korea, but that there may have been a failure in the technical process for killing them.

The State Journal reports the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and other agencies were involved in decontamination and waste disposal at BBI.

There were no signs of illness among workers at BBI Detection, which employs fewer than 20 people.

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