75 CDC Workers May Have Been Exposed to Anthrax
Agency discovers safety lapse, offers treatment just in case
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2014 3:44 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Two anthrax scares are in the news, one far more serious than the other. The bad one comes from the CDC, which says that up 75 of its workers may have been exposed to the deadly bacteria because of a safety lapse, reports the Guardian. Researchers at a high-level biosecurity lab failed to follow protocol to "inactivate" the anthrax before transferring it to other labs. The good news is that none of the workers have shown any symptoms since the lapse was discovered last week, and the "risk of infection is very low," says a spokesman quoted at NBC News.

The CDC says it monitoring or giving antibiotics to about 75 people "out of an abundance of caution." The less serious case comes from New York City, where the office of NYPD chief Bill Bratton got locked down on Tuesday when an envelope containing white powder showed up. It turned out to be sugar, reports DNA Info, which explains its origins: A woman who thought her roommate was poisoning her mailed the sample to Bratton as evidence.

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orlandojon
Jun 21, 2014 7:50 AM CDT
You know America is circling the toilet bowl when this can happen in the most advanced lab on the planet
Ezekiel 25:17
Jun 20, 2014 9:11 AM CDT
"in France, Louis Pasteur had developed a vaccine that will obliterate anthrax once and for all!" Howard Johnson
JERZJOE
Jun 20, 2014 8:32 AM CDT
sound like the MOVIE The" Andromeda Strain" is a 1971 American science-fiction film, based on the eponymous novel by Michael Crichton MD(this guy was a GENIUS in the AMERICAN best selling NOVELS of our time) maybe he seen the FUTURE of what could happen!! there ya go!!