CDC Warns 75 US Scientists Have Been Exposed to Anthrax Bacteria

by Editor | June 20, 2014 2:51 am

THE GUARDIAN – As many as 75 scientists working in US federal government laboratories inĀ Atlanta may have been exposed to live anthrax bacteria and are being offered treatment to prevent infection, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday.

The potential exposure occurred after researchers working in a high-level biosecurity laboratory at the agency’s Atlanta campus failed to follow proper procedures to inactivate the bacteria. They then transferred the samples, which may have contained live bacteria, to lower-security CDC labs not equipped to handle live anthrax.

Dr Paul Meechan, director of the environmental health and safety compliance office at the CDC, said the agency discovered the potential exposure on the evening of Friday, 13 June, and immediately began contacting individuals working in the labs who may have unknowingly handled live anthrax bacteria.

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