CDC scales back risk group in anthrax lab breach

July 2, 2014 9:29 PM

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CDC scales back risk group in anthrax lab breach

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said some lab employees initially identified at risk from possible anthrax exposure can discontinue antibiotic treatment and vaccination, according to a Jun 30 statement posted today on the CDC site.

Scaled-back measures for some of the workers are the result of the CDC's ongoing investigation into possible exposure at some of its labs due to a lapse in safety protocols that may have exposed some workers to Bacillus anthracis, the bacterium that causes anthrax.

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