Why the CDC Was Blasted over Lab Safety Violations

by jeeg 25. March 2015 23:05
  For the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2014 was a bad year. After a series of errors in which some agency employees were potentially exposed to anthrax and others accidentally shipped a dangerous strain of influenza virus to another lab, director Tom Frieden impos... [More]

Safety experts slam lax safety practices at CDC labs

by jeeg 20. March 2015 23:18
  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recently had lab mishaps involving some of the world's most dangerous pathogens, does "inadequate" training, lacks leadership commitment toward safety and has a significant percentage of staff who are afraid to report accidents, accordi... [More]

CDC installing cameras in labs in agency-wide safety push

by jeeg 30. January 2015 21:38
  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has introduced camera monitoring of workers in its highest-level biosafety laboratories as it seeks to restore public faith in its procedures after a series of mishaps, agency officials tell Reuters. One lab worker inadvert... [More]

CDC to hire lab safety chief after Ebola, bird flu mishaps

by jeeg 31. December 2014 21:15
  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to hire a chief of laboratory safety, a new post that has taken on more urgency after a CDC scientist was possibly exposed to Ebola in a laboratory last week. Creating a new high-level safety position was a key recommendation of a ... [More]

C.D.C. Ebola Error in Lab May Have Exposed Technician to Virus

by jeeg 25. December 2014 01:53
  A laboratory mistake at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may have exposed a technician to the deadly Ebola virus, federal officials said on Wednesday. The technician will be monitored for signs of infection for 21 days, the incubation period of the disease. A small number of ... [More]

New CRG Report Biological Laboratories Risks and Regulations

by jeeg 8. August 2014 01:41
  Recent high profile incidents at the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes have brought the discussion of biosafety back to the forefront of the public conscious. In June 2014, the CDC reported that eighty-four personnel were exposed to live anthrax spores that were suppo... [More]

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]
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