Tulane Primate Lab Employee Found Positive for Dangerous Bacteria in Initial Tests

March 12, 2015 1:46 PM

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Tulane Primate Lab Employee Found Positive for Dangerous Bacteria in Initial Tests

A Tulane lab employee is the first human to test positive for a deadly bacteria that mysteriously escaped a Tulane primate research laboratory, a Tulane University spokeswoman said.

At least eight monkeys at the Tulane National Primate Center in New Orleans initially tested positive for exposure to burkholderia pseudomallei, a potentially deadly form of bacteria more commonly found in Southeast Asia and Northern Australia.

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