Safety lapses possible in deadly bacteria outbreak in Louisiana monkeys

March 13, 2015 4:53 PM

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NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The spread of a deadly bacteria from a secure laboratory to a colony of monkeys at a Louisiana primate research facility may have been caused by lapses in the use of protective clothing by those in the lab, federal investigators said on Friday.

The Burkholderia pseudomallei bacteria was discovered late last year after two monkeys treated at the breeding colony's veterinary clinic became ill. It has led to three monkeys being euthanized.

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