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]

U.S. says 75 government scientists possibly exposed to anthrax

by jeeg 20. June 2014 01:54
  As many as 75 scientists working in U.S. federal government laboratories in Atlanta may have been exposed to live anthrax bacteria and are being offered treatment to prevent infection, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday. The potential exposure occurred af... [More]

CDC: Lifespan more to do with geography than genetics

by jeeg 6. May 2014 21:16
  Living in the Southeast is bad for your health. There is a huge range in the death rates across American states, driven by public policy, regional habits and socioeconomics, Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Thursday. "Your longevity and he... [More]

Top 5 health threats in 2014

by jeeg 17. January 2014 21:24
The disease detectives at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named the top five global health threats they expect to tackle in 2014: 1. The emergence and spread of new microbes While it’s rare, CDC scientists do come across new diseases each year. In 2013, the new Heartland... [More]

Reports warn of lax inspections, bioterror lab risks

by jeeg 3. April 2013 20:40
The United States is at increased risk for accidents at laboratories conducting research on potential bioterror germs, such as anthrax, because federal officials have failed to develop national standards for lab design, construction and operation, according to a report to be ... [More]
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