Another biosafety lapse at CDC
by Jyllian Kemsley
Early last week, news came out that the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention sent live virus internally to a lab not equipped to handle it. One technician was potentially exposed to the virus and is being monitored, but so far she is reportedly showing no signs of the disease.
Stuart Nichol, chief of the CDC's Viral Special Pathogens Branch, attributed the incident to human error, the New York Times reported.
Earlier this year, CDC "closed influenza and anthrax research sites and halted all biological materials shipments from its highest level containment labs following safety breaches that endangered dozens of employees," C&EN reported. The White House Office of Science & Technology Policy subsequently encouraged government and nongovernment labs to do a "safety stand-down" to review safety practices. Here's CDC's summary of the results of the stand-down.
Jyllian Kemsley | December 31, 2014 at 8:30 am | Categories: Featured, Government laboratories | URL: http://wp.me/pRCdG-dCm
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