From: Wayne Wood <wayne.wood**At_Symbol_Here**MCGILL.CA>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] C&EN Safety Zone: Another biosafety lapse at CDC
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2014 16:05:44 +0000
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On a positive note it seems that the CDC has developed a culture of disclosing errors, an important step on the road to good safety performance.


> On Dec 31, 2014, at 10:44 AM, "Ralph Stuart" wrote:
> 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:

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