CDC Should Have Learned a Lesson from the Anthrax Scare Of 2004

June 30, 2014 2:00 PM

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CDC Should Have Learned a Lesson from the Anthrax Scare Of 2004

The U.S Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has launched an investigation into how a sample of anthrax that could possibly be live was sent by researchers into a less secure lab where 84 people could have been exposed to the virus. The CDC is a widely respected agency that had made many recommendations after the 2004 incident when a batch of live anthrax was sent to a children’s hospital in California. The CDC claims that while other countries have adopted a biorisk management standard the United States has many rules and regulations that help handle dangerous pathogens.

CDC scientists are trying to find out if the procedure used to kill anthrax bacteria had killed the pathogen before it reached the less secure laboratories. Experiments are being conducted and Paul Meechan the Environmental Health and Safety compliance officer is carrying out an investigation to fi...

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