CDC: 75 Atlanta-based staffers possibly exposed to Anthrax
By Jennifer Bankowski, FOX 5 News -
ATLANTA, Ga. -
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that approximately 75 staffers are being treated because they may have been unintentionally exposed to Anthrax after established safety practices were not followed.
The CDC is taking aggressive steps to protect the health of all involved, including protective courses of antibiotics for potentially exposed staff, according to Senior Press Officer Tom Skinner.
The unintentional exposure was discovered June 13.
?Based on most of the potential exposure scenarios, the risk of infection is very low, according to Skinner.
Although the investigation continues, early reports show that one of its Roybal campus biosafety level 3 labs was preparing samples for research in other CDC labs at lower biosafety levels to yield new means of detecting dangerous pathogens in environmental samples.
However, the lab used a procedure that did not adequately inactivate the samples, according to reports.
Environmental sampling was done, lab and hallway areas were decontaminated and laboratories will be re-opened when safe to operate.
CDC continues its internal investigation to determine why validated procedures were not used by the lab.