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CDC Reports Potential Ebola Exposure in Atlanta Lab

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posted on Dec, 24 2014 @ 04:56 PM
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Let us hope this has been effectively contained...with those exposed, successfully treated.
The mistakes made at the CDC were apparently compounded human error(s).



One scientist may have been exposed to the Ebola virus and as many as a dozen others are being assessed for potential exposure at a lab of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, agency officials said Wednesday.

The potential exposure took place Monday when scientists conducting research on the virus at a high-security lab mistakenly transferred a sample containing the potentially infectious virus to another CDC lab in same building.

The technician has no symptoms of illness and is being monitored for 21 days. Agency officials said others who entered the lab have been contacted, and based on assessments, it’s likely no one else was exposed. They said the number of people who entered the lab could be as many as a dozen, but more likely far fewer.

Agency officials said there was no possible exposure outside the secure laboratory at CDC and no exposure or risk to the public. The mistake took place Monday afternoon and was discovered by laboratory scientists Tuesday; it was reported to leadership within an hour of the discovery.

The event is under internal investigation by the CDC, and it was reported to Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell and to the program that has oversight over “select agents” such as Ebola and anthrax.

This is the largest outbreak of the Ebola virus in history.
The accident comes after a series of incidents earlier this summer involving the mishandling of dangerous pathogens at the nation’s labs, including one in June at a CDC lab that potentially exposed dozens of employees to live anthrax because employees failed to properly inactivate the anthrax when transferring samples.

“I am troubled by this incident in our Ebola research laboratory in Atlanta,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden in a statement. “We are monitoring the health of one technician who could possibly have been exposed and I have directed that there be a full review of every aspect of the incident and that CDC take all necessary measures. Thousands of laboratory scientists in more than 150 labs throughout CDC have taken extraordinary steps in recent months to improve safety. No risk to staff is acceptable, and our efforts to improve lab safety are essential — the safety of our employees is our highest priority.”

The lab where Monday’s potential exposure occurred was decontaminated and the material destroyed as a routine procedure before the error was identified. The laboratory was decontaminated for a second time and is now closed, and transfers from the high-security lab have stopped while the review is taking place.

The CDC officials said two experienced technicians made mistakes at the high-security lab, known as a BSL-4 lab. One technician mistakenly put samples of material that could have contained live Ebola virus into the equivalent of the lab’s out basket, for transfer to the second lab, a BSL-2 lab. That material should have remained and been stored in a freezer.

The second mistake came on the receiving end: The technician in the BSL-2 lab should have recognized, via the color coding on the test tubes, that this was material that should have stayed at Level 4. That second technician is the person who could have exposed, and is now in the 21-day monitoring period, agency spokeswoman Barbara Reynolds said.

The CDC has technologically advanced biosafety laboratories in which dangerous pathogens such as Ebola can be handled by investigators who wear elaborate biohazard suits that keep them from being exposed. But what happened this week illustrates the impossibility of eliminating human error from even a state-of-the-art facility.

The mistake was discovered when workers looked in the freezer and saw material that was supposed to be sent down the hall for a genetic analysis. They realized the samples had been switched.

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posted on Dec, 24 2014 @ 05:13 PM
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"Ebola" is far from over with.

There's more cases and deaths than ever in Africa.



posted on Dec, 24 2014 @ 05:18 PM
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a reply to: xuenchen

At least 12 scientists may have been exposed.
I'm sure our new Ebola Czar has this all under control.



posted on Dec, 24 2014 @ 05:20 PM
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It's all about the timing. Its the end of the shopping season. No need to worry about scaring people anymore and preventing them from going out and spending money. Media will have a field day now. We'll see a resurgence in the news after tomorrow I'm sure.



posted on Dec, 24 2014 @ 05:22 PM
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The CDC officials said two experienced technicians made mistakes at the high-security lab, known as a BSL-4 lab. One technician mistakenly put samples of material that could have contained live Ebola virus into the equivalent of the lab’s out basket, for transfer to the second lab, a BSL-2 lab. That material should have remained and been stored in a freezer.

Whoops. level four (the highest level) to level two transfer by accident. Thats embarrassing. No other place in the world is better equipped to handle that.

My concern is someone with 'malware for brains' intentionally taking samples from a lab or "freezer" overseas.



posted on Dec, 24 2014 @ 05:23 PM
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a reply to: phoenix9884

I don't know. I wonder if the media is currently 'tired' of Ebola...and will let these kind of stories fly below the radar.

It seems all it cares about lately, is purely racial in nature.



posted on Dec, 24 2014 @ 05:27 PM
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For some reason my BS meter is going off on this one...it's pegged, don't know exactly why yet.....ahhh now I see, it's a BSL-2 lab.



posted on Dec, 24 2014 @ 05:29 PM
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For some reason, the Washington Post page, documenting the story...has been closed or moved.



posted on Dec, 24 2014 @ 05:32 PM
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Round one was simply a trial run. This time they've got their game face on.



posted on Dec, 24 2014 @ 05:35 PM
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a reply to: phoenix9884

That was my first thought too. In fact, it came to mind the other day as I was battling traffic near Perimeter Mall. Ha.

Also...when at first you don't succeed...


“I am troubled by this incident in our Ebola research laboratory in Atlanta,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden in a statement.

Oy. He's still around?
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posted on Dec, 24 2014 @ 05:37 PM
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The 'exposed' technician wore no mask and his exposure wasn't noted until over a day later.



posted on Dec, 24 2014 @ 05:41 PM
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a reply to: IAMTAT

Yeah. What I just read said it was reported within an hour...on Tuesday. So I guess within an hour a day later. Double oy.


... it was reported to leadership within an hour of the discovery. WaPo

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posted on Dec, 24 2014 @ 06:37 PM
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What happened to the millions of dead in amerika, you guys didint forget to blame obama lol.



posted on Dec, 24 2014 @ 06:41 PM
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a reply to: dukeofjive696969

It's Obama's fault. And we don't need no stinkin millions of dead, we have millions of zombies



posted on Dec, 24 2014 @ 06:44 PM
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a reply to: IAMTAT

I dunno the media loved to hype up Ebola and as JFK said "...In a crisis, be aware of the danger--but recognize the opportunity." There's plenty of vultures waiting in the wings to maximize this-if only the press, simply for ratings.



posted on Dec, 24 2014 @ 06:44 PM
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Interesting timing here too. From December 22.

CDC director warns against Ebola complacency

Asked about the CDC's report in September that in certain scenarios, Ebola cases could reach 550,000 by January, Frieden said: "The projections we released a few months ago showed what could happen if nothing more were done -- in fact an enormous amount has been done."

He said what had changed was the world's reaction response to not letting that happen.



posted on Dec, 24 2014 @ 07:42 PM
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a reply to: xuenchen

I remember seeing this a few weeks ago.

CDC: More Than 1,400 People in U.S. Being Actively Monitored for Ebola


The killer virus Ebola may not be front and center in the news, but it’s still in the forefront of efforts by health officials nationwide. As of today, more than 1,400 people in 44 states in the U.S. are being actively monitored by state and local health departments after returning from West Africa. The good news is that no new cases have been reported in the U.S. since Oct. 23.


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posted on Dec, 24 2014 @ 09:04 PM
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saw the story earlier today...we are human,unfortunately, there is always room for human error.....which is the last thing we want when it comes to ebola



posted on Dec, 24 2014 @ 11:23 PM
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a reply to: MrLimpet

I saw this video and am torn. She does say she asks the CDC how many active cases are being monitored and the response was 1,400; however, that could be interpreted either way (active cases or cases actively monitored) and since it is the MSM (and Fox to boot) it's a double edge sword, could be truth mispoke or disinformation, could be part of a psyop who really knows? In any case I tend to take anything they say with several grains of salt.



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