4 people in US may be taking medication after anthrax mishap

4 people in US may be taking medication after anthrax mishap
A microscopic picture of spores and vegetative cells of Bacillus anthracis which causes the disease anthrax.

WASHINGTON - US authorities have so far recommended that four civilians take precautionary medication after a US military facility in Utah mistakenly shipped live samples of anthrax, instead of inactive ones, a US official said on Wednesday.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, did not describe the medication, saying only that it was a form of "preventative prophylaxis."

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