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New Version of ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’: Government House Won’t Ask Pentagon About Anthrax Shipment


                 Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp

Regular readers of the V.I. Free Press have known since July that the Pentagon mistakenly sent live anthrax spores to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

So it came as no surprise when the Facebook component of the Virgin Islands Free Press ran a story written by the online newspaper Business Insider yesterday – quoting the website and saying just that.

Asked for comment about where the potentially-deadly is being stored in the territory, Government House told the Virgin Islands Free Press in August that it was still trying to confirm that the report was true.

“There have been no deaths or serious illnesses reported from the military’s 10-year program to ship anthrax to private and military labs for testing to develop vaccines and detection devices, according to the Defense Department,” the Business Insider wrote on Wednesday.

Since early May, “the number of labs and facilities known to have received live anthrax has significantly expanded,” it wrote.

“At least 31 military and civilian personnel were treated with antibiotics as a precaution after a lab in Maryland discovered in May that a supposedly irradiated anthrax sample contained live spores,” the Business Insider said.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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