As many as 75 CDC scientists exposed to anthrax after violation of handling procedure
20 June 2014
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday (Thursday) that as many as seventy-five scientists working in CDC laboratories in Atlanta, Georgia may have been exposed to live anthrax bacteria after researchers deviated from established pathogen handling procedures. The exposure occurred after researchers working in a high-level biosecurity laboratory located at the CDC’s Atlanta campus failed to follow proper procedures to inactivate the bacteria. They compounded this initial error by moving the samples, which may have included live bacteria, to lower-security labs not equipped to handle live anthrax. Scientists working in the lower security lab do not wear the protective gear necessary when handling live anthrax bacteria.
“This should not have happened,” he said. For those exposed, he said, “We’re taking care of it. We will not let our people be at risk.”...
Friday, June 20, 2014
Anthrax: 75 CDC scientists exposed
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