An­thrax scare re­veals more CDC lab safety prob­lems

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

NEW YORK (AP) — Cit­ing an an­thrax scare and other safety prob­lems, the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion on Fri­day said it shut down two re­search labs and stopped ship­ping highly dan­ger­ous germs to other labs.

An in­ci­dent at one of the closed At­lanta labs could have ac­ci­den­tally ex­posed work­ers in three labs to an­thrax last month. A sec­ond, pre­vi­ously undis­closed prob­lem ear­lier this year in­volved deadly bird flu.

The CDC also re­leased a re­port that de­tailed three other in­ci­dents in the past decade in which mis­takes or other prob­lems caused po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous germs to be sent out. No lab worker or mem­ber of the pub­lic was sick­ened in any of the in­ci­dents, the CDC said.

The federal agency op­er­ates some of the world’s most ad­vanced and most se­cure lab­o­ra­to­ries for the han­dling of deadly germs, and has en­joyed a rep­u­ta­tion as a role model for that kind of work.

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