In April and May 1979, a large amount of anthrax was accidentally released from a bio-chemical factory (mysteriously named Military Compound 19) in Sverdlovsk, USSR (now Yekaterinburg in Russia) killing over 60 people downwind to the South-East and making it (officially at least) the most devastating instant of an outbreak of inhalation Anthrax to date. Soviet officials declared the origins of the outbreak to be from a batch of tainted meat though no-one but the most loyal Party followers believed this.  U.S. security agencies attributed it to inhalation of spores accidentally released at a military microbiology facility in the city. The pattern of the deaths (all down-wind) suggested an air-born origin with one later investigator somewhat laconically claiming that “Bad meat does not go in straight lines 50 kilometers long”. More Soon.