USDA to investigate CDC anthrax breach as number exposed rises, not the first ‘laboratory accident’

June 22, 2014 11:15 PM

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USDA to investigate CDC anthrax breach as number exposed rises, not the first ‘laboratory accident’

In a follow-up to the Thursday story of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) staffers potentially exposed to the dangerous bacterium, Bacillus anthracis, the federal health agency will cede the investigation to the U.S. Department of Agriculture “to avoid potential conflicts of interest.”

Haynes went on to say it was “simply a breach of protocol”. “The protocol calls for inactive anthrax to be slided and observed after 48 hours to see if spores develop. This particular sample was checked and sent to lower-level labs after 24 hours.”

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