Possible anthrax sample destroyed at US Air Force base in S Korea

Possible anthrax sample destroyed at US Air Force base in S Korea
US Air Base in Osan: Defence Secretary Ash Carter at a meeting with military personnel at the base on April 9, 2015.

SEOUL - 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 kms (21 miles) 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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