Transcript for Eye-Opening Anthrax Scare
Now, to new Numbers tonight, and they are eye opening when it comes to that anthrax scare. More samples sent out than thought. The Pentagon sending out live anthrax by mistake from one base in Utah. Tonight comes word samples sent to nearly twice as many states, 17 now. Let's get right to ABC's seen your justice correspondent Pierre Thomas in Washington. 51 labs now instead of 18, as we first thought? Reporter: David, that's right. 51 laboratories and that number could go even higher, as the Pentagon looks at shipments dating back to 2006. Officials suspect that the radiation process that was supposed to kill the live an talk spores did not work. Today, defense department officials demonstrated how anthrax samples were shipped by FedEx. Vials of anthrax placed in sandwich bags, put in plastic containers and stored in boxes with dry ice and sent on their way. Shipping, they insist, was safe. Making the case it was safe. In the meantime, Pierre, how many people are on antibiotics at a precaution? Reporter: So far, nobody is showing signs of infection. 31 people now protectively on antibiotics. Eight civilians and 23 D.O.D. Employees. They are confident there were not enough live spores to make anyone sick. Pierre Thomas, thank you. Also tonight, from Washington, a crucial new piece
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