CDC Closes Anthrax and Flu Labs After Accidents

July 12, 2014 4:04 AM

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After potentially serious back-to-back laboratory accidents, federal health officials announced Friday that they had closed the flu and anthrax laboratories at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and have halted shipments of all infectious agents from the agency’s highest-security labs.

The accidents, and the CDC’s emphatic response to them, could have important consequences for other laboratories engaged in efforts to produce dangerous viruses and bacteria.

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