84 Person Anthrax Scare: CDC Scientists Possibly Exposed

June 21, 2014 6:16 PM

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84 Person Anthrax Scare: CDC Scientists Possibly Exposed

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that 84 scientists and employees may have been exposed to live, airborne anthrax (bacillus anthracis) bacteria in an embarrassing mistake which took place at its Atlanta facility.

The mishap occurred when those handling the anthrax bacteria thought it had been in activated, making it safe to handle. The CDC’s Bioterror Rapid Response unit were preparing a dangerous anthrax strain to be used at two lower-level biosecurity CDC labs. They only became aware of the possible exposu...

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