Leader of Troubled Lab Steps Down, C.D.C. Says

by jeeg 25. July 2014 10:39
  The leader of the federal bioterrorism lab in which careless procedures may have exposed dozens of workers to live anthrax has resigned, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday. Michael Farrell, who had led the Bioterror Rapid Response and Advanced Technology La... [More]

The CDC's Problems Are Deeper Than Mailing the Wrong Stuff, as They Proved in Dallas

by jeeg 24. July 2014 11:43
  Sloppy handling of deadly viruses at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, including shipping a deadly virus to a lab by mistake, has spurred calls for an independent investigation of the agency. The head of of it concedes in a New York Times piece this morning there may be a "potential fo... [More]

U.S. CDC says it 'may never know' how bird flu mishap occurred

by jeeg 22. July 2014 10:42
  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "may never know" how a fairly harmless form of bird flu was cross-contaminated with a dangerous bird flu strain before it was sent to a laboratory outside of the CDC, an agency spokesman said on Monday. That's because most of the materia... [More]

CDC accused of 'dangerous pattern' of safety lapses

by jeeg 17. July 2014 01:27
  US lawmakers said on Wednesday there was evidence of a "dangerous pattern" of safety lapses at government laboratories dealing with dangerous pathogens such as anthrax and avian flu that required a change in culture at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Members of a ... [More]

Second probe finds more safety lapses at CDC anthrax labs

by jeeg 15. July 2014 18:36
  A second U.S. investigation into last month’s mishandling of anthrax bacteria at federal government laboratories in Atlanta has found additional safety lapses, such as anthrax stored in unlocked refrigerators in unrestricted hallways, according to a document released Monday by a Hous... [More]

After Lapses, C.D.C. Admits a Lax Culture at Labs

by jeeg 14. July 2014 18:25
  Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, spent much of Wednesday completing a report that would let the public see, in embarrassing detail, how the sloppy handling of anthrax by scientists at its headquarters here had potentially exposed dozens of ... [More]

C.D.C. Closes Anthrax and Flu Labs After Accidents

by jeeg 12. July 2014 15:44
After potentially serious back-to-back laboratory accidents, federal health officials announced Friday that they had temporarily closed the flu and anthrax laboratories at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and halted shipments of all infectious agents from the agency’... [More]

It’s 10 o'Clock -- Do You Know Where Your Bubonic Plague Is?

by jeeg 12. July 2014 15:29
In every one of the dozens of bioterrorism meetings I have attended over the last three decades, experts have stated unequivocally that the worst-case outbreak scenario would be smallpox in the hands of bad guys. And the most alarming other microbial possibilities that follow? Well, anthrax was al... [More]

Smallpox vials, decades old, found in storage room at NIH campus

by jeeg 10. July 2014 00:24
  A government scientist cleaning out a storage room last week at a lab on the National Institutes of Health’s Bethesda campus found decades-old vials of smallpox, the second incident involving the mishandling of a highly dangerous pathogen by a federal health agency in a month. The v... [More]

Anthrax? That’s Not the Real Worry

by jeeg 3. July 2014 23:08
  Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently discovered that at least 75 workers there had been exposed to possible anthrax infection. We should be glad that it was only anthrax. Anthrax is a dangerous but noncontagious bacterium; the risk to the exposed worke... [More]
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