KoreAm Journal http://iamkoream.com Sat, 30 May 2015 00:19:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 10 Obscure Facts About Epik High http://iamkoream.com/10-obscure-facts-about-epik-high/ http://iamkoream.com/10-obscure-facts-about-epik-high/#comments Sat, 30 May 2015 00:13:01 +0000 http://iamkoream.com/?p=79450

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo
reera@iamkoream.com

If you haven’t heard already, South Korean hip-hop group Epik High is currently in the middle of their North American Tour. The trio is scheduled to perform tonight at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles.

For the “high skoolers” who are unable to attend tonight’s concert, don’t worry, we got you covered. KoreAm will be at Epik High’s L.A. concert, and we plan on live-tweeting throughout the night.

But before the festivities begin, here are 10 facts you may not know about Epik High.


 

1. Epik cameo in Lee Hyori’s “10 Minute” music video

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Before their debut, Epik High made a cameo in Lee Hyori’s “10 Minutes” music video. You can see the trio ogling Hyori in the background at the 0:42 mark.

2. Delayed Debut 

 

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Epik High formed in 2001 under the mentorship of other underground hip-hop artists, particularly CB Mass (now known as Dynamic Duo). However, the trio’s debut got postponed after Curbin of CB Mass was accused of embezzling Epik High’s funds for their first studio album. Epik High eventually signed with Woolim Entertainment, and with Curbin kicked out of CB Mass, Choiza and Gaeko moved on to form Dynamic Duo.

3. Epik High and the creation of INFINITE

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During their tenure at Woolim Entertainment, Epik High helped produce the K-pop boy band INFINITE. Tablo and Mithra both wrote lyrics for the band’s debut mini-album, First Invasion. Various INFINITE members also starred in Epik High’s music video for “Run.”

4. Swan Songs was intended to be Epik High’s final album

Epik High officially debuted in 2003 with their album Map the Soul. However, they did not achieve commercial success until their third album, which was titled Swan Songs because the members believed that it would be their final album together. Instead, Swan Songs launched Epik High to fame after their songs “Fly” and “Paris” topped Korean music charts.

5. Mithra Jin first debuted in a hip-hop group called, “K-Ryders”

Before he joined Epik High, Mithra made his debut as a rapper through K-Ryders, an underground hip-hop group that included members J-Win, DJ D-Tones, Kyung Bin. The group disbanded in 2002, citing personal reasons.

6. DJ Tukutz’s Rave and Radio Days

DJ Tukutz may be a father now, but he had his wild days. He first got into DJ-ing in the summer of 1995 by spinning records at local raves and warehouse parties in Japan. After he graduated from Technics DJ School, Tukutz teamed up with Tablo and headed to the States, where he DJ-ed for radio shows, live events and clubs around the New York metropolitan area.

7. Tablo was featured in Rain’s song, “I’m Coming”

Over the past 12 years, Tablo has collaborated with several Korean artists, including Clazziquai, Verbal Jint, Younha, Taeyang and Xia Junsu. But my favorite Tablo collab track has to be Rain’s 2006 hit song “I’m Coming.” His rap is edited out in Rain’s music video and live performances, but you can hear it in the actual track.

8. Tablo’s Stanford Controversy

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In mid-2010, a group of anti-fans accused Tablo of fabricating his Stanford credentials. At the time, South Korea was reeling from a string of fake diploma scandals, and an online forum called “TaJinYo,” an abbreviation for the Korean phrase “Tell the truth, Tablo,” fired a vicious smear campaign against the rapper.

A few months later, the police contacted Stanford and confirmed that Tablo did indeed graduate from the university. TaJinYo’s leader, identified under the username “WhatsBecomes,” was arrested and the online forum was sued by Tablo for criminal defamation. You can read more about the controversy in KoreAm‘s September 2010 issue.

9. Government attempts to ban songs from Remapping the Soul

For their fourth album Remapping the Human Soul, Epik High committed to the “no genre, just music” style, which led some songs in the album to be much darker and address mature issues, including sexual crimes, war, religion and politics. These songs were censored by several broadcasting stations. At one point, South Korea’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism even attempted to stop radio airplay, Tablo said in an interview with the Korea Times.

10. Epik High heads a sub-label under YG Enterainment

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Earlier this month, Epik High announced that it will run a new sub-label titled, “High Ground” under YG Entertainment. While many fans initially believed that the new label would cater to the underground hip-hop artists, Tablo clarified during his radio show that High Ground would embrace all genres and cast musicians from diverse backgrounds.

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Justin Chon and Kevin Wu’s ‘Man Up’ Available on Vimeo On Demand http://iamkoream.com/justin-chon-and-kevin-wus-man-up-available-on-vimeo-on-demand/ http://iamkoream.com/justin-chon-and-kevin-wus-man-up-available-on-vimeo-on-demand/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 23:00:43 +0000 http://iamkoream.com/?p=79490 by KoreAm Staff | @KoreAm

The first time Justin Chon and Kevin Wu (a.k.a. KevJumba) teamed up in a film, they were Chinese immigrant brothers who become involved with a NYC Chinatown gang. This time around, things are a bit more lighthearted, although Wu still has his glorious mullet.

Man Up is a buddy comedy follows 19-year-old slacker, Martin (Kevin Wu), who has big plans after high school graduation—to do absolutely nothing. He plans to spend all summer hanging out with his friend, Randall (played by Chon), and playing video games, but his summer plans get complicated when Martin’s girlfriend, Madison (Galadriel Stineman), reveals she is pregnant.

After delivering the big news, Madison refuses to see Martin until he grows up, as his demeanor is carefree to a fault. Her family sees him as an unambitious bum who can barely take care of himself, let alone a newborn. Thus, Martin and Randall embark on a “manquest” to figure out what it means to be a dad and “man up.”

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The film is now available to rent or buy from Vimeo On Demand. You can watch the trailer below or check out the Man Up website.

Man Up – Trailer from MAN UP Film on Vimeo.

Man Up is also Chon’s directorial debut and is the first film to be released from Off the Dock, a full-service digital studio that was recently acquired by Lakeshore Entertainment. The film is produced by Kinetic Pictures with distributor Supergravity Pictures.

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South Korea’s Tally of MERS Cases Rises to 12 http://iamkoream.com/south-koreas-tally-of-mers-cases-rises-to-12/ http://iamkoream.com/south-koreas-tally-of-mers-cases-rises-to-12/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 20:08:16 +0000 http://iamkoream.com/?p=79471

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo
reera@iamkoream.com

South Korea’s tally of patients infected with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) rose to 12, including a man who traveled to China and broke quarantine protocol, said the health ministry.

The infections were first transmitted by a 68-year-old man who had traveled from Bahrain to Seoul. According to the Korea Herald, the man was hospitalized on May 12 and is currently in stable condition.

MERS is a viral respiratory illness that was first reported in Saudi Arabia back in 2012. It bears striking similarities to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus, which killed hundreds of people, mostly in China, in 2003.

Symptoms include high fever, coughing, shortness of breath and, in some cases, kidney failures. There is no known cure or vaccine to prevent the infection. Good news is that MERS is easier to contain than the more infectious SARS. Unfortunately, MERS is more deadly, causing lungs to shut down faster than SARS.

Health officials said new MERS cases include a 30-year-old nurse and a 56-year-old patient who had been in the same hospital ward as the original case.

The 44-year-old traveler flew to Hong Kong on Tuesday was diagnosed with MERS on Friday, making him China’s first confirmed case. The man had apparently contracted the disease from his father, the second confirmed victim in the MERS outbreak. South Korea’s health ministry said the man was being observed for possible infection when he ignored doctors’ warning against travel and left for Hong Kong, reports Reuters.

“We should have checked more actively and broadly on family related issues. We are deeply sorry about that,” Yang Byung-kook, director of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters.

Hong Kong health authorities said they tracked down 38 people who had come in close contact with the Korean man. None of the potential patients so far have shown MERS symptoms. However, 12 people–three Koreans and nine Chinese–are being kept in quarantine in the hospital.

South Korea’s health ministry said more than 20 countries have been affected by 1,142 cases of MERS. Since May 16, there have been more than 450 deaths reported.

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The End of “Ryuribe” http://iamkoream.com/the-end-of-ryuribe/ http://iamkoream.com/the-end-of-ryuribe/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 19:15:07 +0000 http://iamkoream.com/?p=79431

by JAMES S. KIM | @james_s_kim
jamesskim@iamkoream.com

Ryu Hyun-jin became Hyun-jin Ryu when he joined the Dodgers before the 2013 season, and with him came plenty of expectations and worries. Could Ryu find success as the first Korean baseball player to go directly to the major leagues from the Korean Baseball Organization? Would he be able to handle the workload of a full MLB season?

That’s a definite yes on the former, and a maybe on the latter. Ryu has been fantastic during the first two years of his contract, but we found out last week that he had been pitching the entire time with a bum shoulder. The injury caught up with him before the 2015 season, and he’s out for the year after undergoing surgery.

But no one could have seen “Ryuribe” coming. Ryu’s camaraderie with the (now former) Dodgers third baseman, Juan Uribe, was something out of left field, especially since both men don’t speak English particularly well. Somehow, they made it work, and their antics on and off the field testified to the chemistry of the team.

DETROIT TIGERS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS(Photo via Dodger Insider)

Unfortunately, the Dodgers traded Uribe to the Atlanta Braves earlier this week. But the brotherly bond is strong, right? Long distance, whatever—they could make it work.

YouTuber Brian Quon uploaded a compilation of the best “Ryuribe” moments. If you’re a Dodgers fan, take a moment to reflect on these good times.

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The Dodgers will still hold their Juan Uribe bobblehead night on July 11. For now, fans can reminisce on what was perhaps Uribe’s most memorable moment while he was in Los Angeles: crushing the go-ahead home run in the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves in the 2013 playoffs to advance to the National League Championship Series.

See Also

 

“The Longest, Most In-Depth Story Ever Written About Dodgers Star Pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu”

“Hyun-jin Ryu Pitched with a Shoulder Injury for Two Years”

“Hyun-jin Ryu Shows Off His Rapping Skills in Korean Commercial”

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BIGBANG Announces North American Tour http://iamkoream.com/bigbang-announces-north-american-tour/ http://iamkoream.com/bigbang-announces-north-american-tour/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 17:21:03 +0000 http://iamkoream.com/?p=79466 by REERA YOO | @reeraboo

reera@iamkoream.com

BIGBANG is coming to the States.

Earlier this week, the K-pop boy band announced six arena dates for the North American leg of their 2015 MADE World Tour. This will be the first time band will be performing in the States since their 2012 Alive Tour.

BIGBANG will kick off their tour on Oct. 2 at the Mandalya Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The following night, the group will perform at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. Fans residing in Orange County will also have the chance to see BIGBANG on Oct. 4 at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

East Coast fans will have to see BIGBANG two nights straight at Newark’s Prudential Center. The band will close the North American leg of their tour at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Tickets for the BIGBANG’s North American arena dates will go on sale on June 12 through Live Nation.

Check out the group’s blockbuster-themed trailer for their MADE Tour below:

To learn more about BIGBANG’s tour, visit its official website here

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Meet the Boys of EXP, NYC’s Own K-pop Boy Band (Continued) http://iamkoream.com/meet-the-boys-of-exp-nycs-own-k-pop-boy-band-continued/ http://iamkoream.com/meet-the-boys-of-exp-nycs-own-k-pop-boy-band-continued/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 00:33:46 +0000 http://iamkoream.com/?p=79424 Above photo courtesy of The Jewish Museum, Photographed by Da Ping Luo

What other genres of music do you listen to?

 

Koki: I’m a sucker for some Frank Sinatra.

David: My favorite genre outside of K-pop would have to be gospel; my voice is heavily influenced by gospel and R&B, a smidge of pop.

Tarion: I am inspired by all genres and listen to a little bit of everything from classical to R&B to country—good music is good music.

Sime: I grew up listening, studying and performing all sorts of music, from classical arias, folk songs, music theater to EDM tracks.

What has been the best part of joining EXP?

 

Sime: There are so many awesome things about being in (the first!) NYC-born K-Pop group, from the brotherhood that I get to enjoy with the guys to the fact that we are doing something completely different—something no one has done ever before. We are stretching the boundaries and blurring the lines. We are making history here!

David: The best thing about being an NYC-born K-pop group is the fact that NYC is known for being a culture melting-pot, and because we are all extremely different, I feel we represent NYC to its fullest.

Tarion: Being a part of this project has not only broadened my music and cultural palette, but it has also helped me forge a family in NYC and groomed me to be a better person and artist.

What are some memorable moments you’ve had since joining the band?

 

Frankie: Best moment was our debut performance day. What started off as a stressful day with everything going wrong turned into an amazing day with so much love and support. Being on stage with the guys for the first time with a live audience was a very special moment.

Koki: Getting lost in Flushing, N.Y. while trying to find MJ’s (our awesome K-pop choreographer) dance studio. I convinced David and Tarion that I knew where I was going, and [we] ended up getting on the wrong bus.

David: Koki getting Tarion and myself lost [on our way] to dance rehearsal in Flushing. He swore he knew where he was going. Now, I’ve seen parts of Flushing I never knew existed!

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What are some challenges you’ve faced as a group or an individual member? 

 

Frankie: Learning each other’s strengths and weaknesses and how to utilize them. [At first], dancing as a group was certainly a struggle because everyone has different backgrounds and levels of dance training. But making us look like one [unit] is and will continue to be one of the hardest parts.

Tarion: We’ve faced a lot of external challenges, which has been a double-edged sword. While each of us felt the sting of cyberbullying in the form of death threats, racial slurs, and homophobic slander, we all supported each other and kept each other lifted it up, so it brought us closer together.

Koki: It’s definitely difficult to keep six guys on task at any time. I’m a bit impatient, and I know it shows, but everyone is brilliant at keeping the ball rolling.

David: I want to say I am more of the quiet one in the group. It’s very hard speaking in the group because everyone has a hundred things to say at the same time, so I have learned to just be quiet and I’m sure someone will say what I was thinking. I had to honestly stop looking at the group as just business and accept [the other members] as family, which has actually helped me open up to each of them way more.

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Bora and the team have talked about exploring various social issues of race and representation in media through IMMABB. How does it feel to be “self-aware,” or clearly know the goals of the project while being the project itself?

 

Frankie: When the documentary comes out, you guys will get to see our reactions to many of the discussions we’ve had about the topics being explored. I forget the cameras are even filming half the time, so being self-aware isn’t something I’ve quite mastered yet, haha!

Tarion: Knowing that the project is a social experiment and what IMMABB is trying to observe in society is something that I think we recognize, but we don’t keep it at the forefront of our minds. I think if we did, then we wouldn’t be present to how we are affected by what happens. We do recap on feelings and moments. Everything is always filmed, so there is footage of very real human responses to [certain topics], but it’s not something we stay continuously aware of.

Koki: There are definitely times when we are self-aware, but most of the time we are just ourselves. We don’t have assigned characters or images so we’re literally just being normal, but in a boy band.


You can learn more about EXP and the IMMABB project by visiting their official Kickstarter page and Instagram.

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Recommended Reading

 

“Columbia Grad Student Creates K-pop Boy Band ‘EXP’ for Thesis Project”

“Meet Team IMMABB: Bora Kim, Karin Kuroda and Samantha Shao”

“Bora Kim Profile: Columbia University School of the Arts”

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Meet the Boys of EXP, NYC’s Own K-pop Boy Band http://iamkoream.com/meet-the-boys-of-exp-nycs-own-k-pop-boy-band/ http://iamkoream.com/meet-the-boys-of-exp-nycs-own-k-pop-boy-band/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 00:19:39 +0000 http://iamkoream.com/?p=79296

by JAMES S. KIM | @james_s_kim
jamesskim@iamkoream.com

Columbia University student Bora Kim riled up the K-pop world about a month ago when word of her MFA thesis project—a non-Korean boy band named “EXP”spread across the Internet.

The project, “I’m Making a Boy Band” (IMMABB), has been underway since October of last year, and with their official debut single under their belt, EXP is looking forward to their first mini-album in November.

But before that, IMMABB is shooting for $30,000 in funds from Kickstarter by June 7 to help fund the different aspects of the project: music production, the entire creative team and a documentary about the entire project (2017 release date). Backers can expect plenty of incentives, from EXP T-shirts, signed copies of their mini-album, tote bag, tickets to a VIP screening of their documentary and even private karaoke sessions with the guys.

So, the big question: Who exactly are the boys of EXP? The NYC-based IMMABB team auditioned and cast Hunter, Frankie, David, Sime, Tarion and Koki.

KoreAm recently had a chance to exchange emails with the members. Take a look through our conversation below to get a better idea of who they are. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Can you briefly introduce yourselves, and tell us where you’re from?

 

Sime: I am originally from Croatia. I was studying music theatre performance here in the States and subsequently decided to make NYC my home.

Tarion: I was born in Washington, D.C., but I grew up in Houston, Texas. (The Land of Queen Bey, I went to her high school!) I’ve been acting, singing and modeling since about the age of three and have been doing it professionally in NYC for about five years.

Koki: I’m a Hong Kong-born, Texas raised, half-Japanese kid living in NYC. I moved to NYC about a year ago, and that’s when I started to focus more on my performing arts career. Modeling, acting, singing and dancing all sort of fell into place as I made my way around the city, and being in a boy band is sort of the best combination of everything.

David: I was born here in Queens, New York City. I have been performing my entire life. I was a professional male model before IMMABB. One day, while I was at work (at Swarovski), I decided to be an actor and pursue more with music. I walked out and haven’t looked back.

(Editor’s note: EXP members Frankie and Hunter’s responses were unavailable for this question.) 

How is the group dynamic? 

 

Hunter: There are definitely six distinct personalities in the group, but it’s pretty similar to any family. We spend a lot of time together, and can get on each other’s nerves, but are all actual friends. For the most part, I eat. There’s probably more footage of me eating than actual performance footage.

Tarion: I like to think of us as the musical United Nations in the sense that we are all so different and derive from different backgrounds. So, we all throw ideas into the pot and create really multi-dimensional concepts that … represent [each of] our own individual pieces while still being one unit.

David: Having us in the room together is similar to babysitting six very rambunctious toddlers. There is a lot of gibberish, laughing and WHOLE bunch of singing.

Koki: We’re a bunch of weirdos. It works.

Before you became a part of EXP, what were your first reactions when you heard about the goal behind IMMABB? 

 

Hunter: I was really confused, as I think the other guys were also. Frankie and I were both in boybands before this, so I was kind of thinking “not this again.” It did take some time to come together and understand what we were doing. Also, I was told there would be food, so I was in.

Sime: I wasn’t really sure what to expect. All I knew was that Bora was an artist with a clear vision of what she wanted to achieve.

Frankie: I honestly had no idea what I was getting myself into, but when I researched K-pop and discovered this whole other world, I knew I wanted to be part of this movement. I was so fascinated by Bora’s concept and the fact that she had such an amazing team of other talents behind her.

Tarion: Boy band was the LAST thing on my mind. In fact, if I remember correctly, I remember telling a friend that I would never be in one. But for some reason, when I saw the casting call, I was immediately drawn to it. I loved the idea of doing something fresh and new and creating a conversation about bridging cultural gaps.

Koki: I didn’t know if we were actually going to become a boy band, or if everything was just for the documentary. I was super confused. Being in a boy band is one of those things you grow up wanting to be a part of, but forget about later on. I never thought I’d actually get to be in one, but here we are!

David: I understood everything. We are documenting a “possible” boy band. We start out as just a thesis, and if things go accordingly, Bora would invest more time into us and develop the project. She pretty much explained her expectations [to us], but everything that has happened thus far has superseded everything any [of us] could have imagined.

Do you have any favorite K-pop artists?

 

Koki: My first favorite K-pop group was BTS, but I also love SHINEE (their new album is amazing!). Block B, Got 7, and EXO are the ones I listen to the most right now.

David: Ailee is one of my favorite K-pop artists, as well as BTS—especially Monster. He is such an epic artist!

Tarion: Some of my favorite K-pop groups are JJCC, Girl’s Generation, and Big Bang.

Sime: Although I wasn’t very familiar with K-pop before, in the past year I have grown to love it and appreciate everything about it! Music speaks a universal language. Good music, no matter the form, speaks to me—and as soon as I heard BTS’ beats, I was on board!

What was it like training for “LUV/WRONG,” from the learning the choreography to singing in Korean? 

 

Hunter: I can hands down say I’m the worst with the learning and singing in Korean. I’m getting better now, but I had a really tough time in the studio trying to get the chorus down. There was food there, so that helped. The dancing took time to come together. We spent a lot of time with our choreographer MJ [to make us] look like a group, and not six individual dancers.

Frankie: Learning Korean is very hard. I’m Portuguese and speak it fluently, as well as a little Spanish. Both are very different than Korean, and the group cracks up at me because at first everything I tried to say in Korean would come out sounding Spanish. Bora works with us individually on the Korean, so it’s like having a private coach.

Koki: I got lucky in terms of learning Korean. I grew up around Japanese, Chinese and Korean speakers, so being able to learn the pronunciation was fairly easy. I need to learn to be more patient and help the rest of the boys though, haha.

David: When I auditioned for the band, I said, “Yes, I can dance.” Throughout the process, I have learned I am more of a freestyler, but MJ has been able to wrangle that in and I am growing more comfortable with [choreography]. Six-hour dance rehearsals back-to-back stretches your body and pushes you a bit mentally, but the finished product—us slaying the dance moves—is a proud moment.

Tarion: If you’ve ever seen the movie Rocky, that’s what our training [looks] like (only without a continuous catchy soundtrack playing throughout our montage). It hasn’t been easy, but it’s been worth it. We still have so much to learn and so much room to grow, but we continue to push ourselves every day to get better and better, in some way, shape or form.


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Recommended Reading

 

“Columbia Grad Student Creates K-pop Boy Band ‘EXP’ for Thesis Project”

“Meet Team IMMABB: Bora Kim, Karin Kuroda and Samantha Shao”

“Bora Kim Profile: Columbia University School of the Arts”

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Live Anthrax Samples “Inadvertently” Distributed to U.S. Labs, S. Korean Air Base http://iamkoream.com/live-anthrax-samples-inadvertently-distributed-to-u-s-labs-s-korean-air-base/ http://iamkoream.com/live-anthrax-samples-inadvertently-distributed-to-u-s-labs-s-korean-air-base/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 23:21:59 +0000 http://iamkoream.com/?p=79410

by JAMES S. KIM | @james_s_kim
jamesskim@iamkoream.com

A U.S. Army laboratory in Utah inadvertently sent live samples of anthrax to facilities in nine states, as well as an additional sample to a U.S. military base in Osan, South Korea, Pentagon officials said on Thursday.

The Washington Post reported that workers at a facility in Maryland discovered the first live sample after it had arrived from Dugway Proving Ground in Utah on May 22. Pentagon officials said the samples were shipped via a commercial delivery service. Upon further investigation, officials said it was possible the samples in U.S. could have found their way to other government or private facilities.

The Osan Air Base in South Korea said in a statement on Wednesday that 22 personnel may have been exposed to the anthrax and that the base had taken “prudent precautionary measures” to destroy the sample and decontaminate the facility. After a series of examinations, antibiotics and even vaccinations in some cases, the statement added that none of the base’s personnel have shown any signs of possible exposure.

The Pentagon, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Osan Air Base all downplayed the threat, saying there was no threat to the general public in both the U.S. and South Korea. A Pentagon official also confirmed there were no suspected or confirmed cases of anthrax infection among lab workers stateside.

According to the CDC, there are several treatments for anthrax, from antibiotics to antitoxins once the subject is hospitalized. Patients may require “aggressive treatment, such as continuous fluid drainage and help breathing through mechanical ventilation.”

The disease, caused by a bacterium, is spread by spores. Infection can be caused by inhaling or ingesting the spores, or coming into direct contact with diseased flesh or blood, which caused a 2014 outbreak in India that allegedly killed seven people.

Anthrax has also been used in bioterrorism as a biological weapon in powdered and aerosol form. In 2001, several letters containing anthrax spores were went to various media outlets and the offices of two Democratic senators, infecting 22 people (including 12 mail carriers) and ultimately killing five.

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