Multiple news outlets are reporting that as many as thirteen people at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta may have been accidentally exposed to the deadly Ebola virus.
Though the lab mistake that caused the potential exposure happened several days ago, only today have CDC officials released details of the incident. Via the Washington Post:
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.
Reportedly, the extent of the possible viral infection at the CDC is still being assessed. The Post article says the lab technician under close observation has no symptoms of illness.
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.
A post at foxnews.com about the human-error incident indicates that the CDC believes there was “no possible exposure” outside the laboratory and “no exposure or risk” to the public.
This is certainly not the first instance where workers at the Atlanta-based CDC have made mistakes leading to possible exposure to lethal pathogens:
In June, at least 52 workers at the CDC took antibiotics as a precaution because a lab safety problem was thought to have exposed them to anthrax.
Ironically, the possible Ebola exposure at the Centers for Disease Control reportedly happened just about the time that Western Journalism posted a story from freelance investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson, indicating the CDC is currently tracking far more possible Ebola cases than have been disclosed.
“I called CDC not long ago and said, ‘How many active cases are being monitored in the United States of Ebola?’ And they said ‘1,400.’ I said, ‘Where is that on your website, these updates?’ They said, ‘We’re not putting it on the web.’
“So I think there is an effort to control the message and to tamp it down. This is public information we have a right to, and I think the media should not hype it but cover it.”
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