Multiple protocol breaches behind anthrax exposure at U.S. federal labs

June 21, 2014 7:41 PM

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Multiple protocol breaches behind anthrax exposure at U.S. federal labs

(Reuters) - The safety breach at a government lab that may have exposed 84 workers to live anthrax centered on a pivotal lapse in procedure: researchers working with the bacteria waited 24 hours to be sure they had killed the pathogens, half the time required by a new scientific protocol.

The lab designed to handle extremely dangerous pathogens at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta unknowingly sent live samples of anthrax to labs with fewer safeguards, where the exposure occurred. No one has died or fallen ill but dozens are being treated with a vaccine an...

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