US anthrax probe reveals new bird flu mishap, widespread safety lapses

July 14, 2014 1:18 PM

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US anthrax probe reveals new bird flu mishap, widespread safety lapses

Federal health officials on Friday disclosed a new safety breach at a high-security U.S. government laboratory involving dangerous avian flu, a lapse that came to light as they investigated the potential exposure of researchers to live anthrax bacteria.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said an internal probe found multiple failures by individual scientists and a lack of agency-wide safety policies led to the potential exposure of more than 80 lab workers to live anthrax at its Atlanta campus last month. Researchers in a high-secu...

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