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June 19 (Reuters) - As many as 75 scientists working in U.S. federal government laboratories in Atlanta may have been exposed to live anthrax bacteria and are being offered treatment to prevent infection,
originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: alienjuggalo
That seems a tad careless. Of course, by a tad careless, what I mean to say is that everyone involved should be fired from their current jobs, and blacklisted to ever work in any laboratory carrying anything more intrinsically dangerous than a pipette.
The potential exposure occurred after researchers working in a high-level biosecurity laboratory at the agency's Atlanta campus failed to follow proper procedures to inactivate the bacteria. They then transferred the samples, which may have contained live bacteria, to lower-security CDC labs not equipped to handle live anthrax.
Researchers at a high-security CDC lab transferred the samples to three other labs not equipped for live anthrax. The agency is investigating whether the samples, which are handled under strict procedures, contained live spores when they were passed along. Believing the samples had been inactivated, scientists at the other labs handled the specimens without wearing protective gear.
Between June 6 and Friday, procedures followed at two of the three labs may have aerosolized the spores, CDC investigators also found.
and in any field, explosives, radioactive, harmful chemicals, huge evil machinery, mining the list goes on. we rarely hear about those accidents