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CDC Probes Lab Workers’ Possible Anthrax Exposure

by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says some of its staff in Atlanta may have been accidentally exposed to dangerous anthrax bacteria because of a safety problem at one of its labs.

Agency officials say the risk of infection is low, but that about 75 staff members were being monitored or given antibiotics as a precaution.

A statement from the agency says the problem occurred when bacteria samples that were not completely inactivated were moved from a higher level biosafety lab to a lower level one not designed to handle such samples.

The problem was discovered last Friday, when live anthrax bacteria were found on some materials being gathered for disposal. The statement says some of the anthrax may have become airborne the previous week.

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  • alpinequeen

    And we wonder why scientists can’t behave in a responsible manner.

    • kil

      And yet, scientists say the same about you.

      • syscrusherr

        Behaving in a responsible manner is als generic post to several stories as of late

        • syscrusherr

          She must be too stoned to come up with somthing relevant

          • alpinequeen

            Come here and let me breath on you.

          • Ihad Her

            If you knew where that mouth has been, so, so many times, you wouldn’t let her breath on you.

        • alpinequeen

          And we wonder why syscrusher can’t post in a responsible manner.

      • alpinequeen

        Only if I let them.

    • maw

      Your posts are the cause.