Official: U.S. CDC says 84 lab workers possibly exposed to live anthrax bacteria

Fri Jun 20, 2014 4:38pm EDT

A microscopic picture of spores and vegetative cells of Bacillus anthracis which causes the disease anthrax is pictured in this undated file photograph. REUTERS/Files

A microscopic picture of spores and vegetative cells of Bacillus anthracis which causes the disease anthrax is pictured in this undated file photograph.

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(Reuters) - The U.S. government said on Friday that 84 scientists and staff were possibly exposed to live anthrax bacteria after researchers failed to follow safety procedures.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announcement on Thursday that at least 75 people had been affected prompted an investigation by federal authorities.

CDC spokesman Benjamin Haynes said in an email on Friday that the number has increased to 84 potential exposures.

(Corrected by changing the CDC figure to 84 from 86)

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu in Washington; Editing by Eric Beech and James Dalgleish)

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sophie11rose wrote:
Just curious in labs where they are working with such dangerous pathogens isn’t video monitoring the “norm”? It gives a “second pair” of eyes on the “infection control protocol”.

Jun 19, 2014 11:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Rhino1 wrote:
Have you read Stephen King’s “The Stand”?

Jun 20, 2014 6:59am EDT  --  Report as abuse
SixthRomeo wrote:
All the employees in those labs take Ciprofloxacin on a continual basis. It is what the tax payer provides in largess. If they are not taking the precautions that were determined decades ago; it is their own fault.

Jun 20, 2014 8:00am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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