Sunday 12:10pm
September 21, 2014
Currently 78°F
Posted: Friday, August 15th 2014 at 12:34pm

Report: CDC scientist kept quiet about flu blunder

By The Associated Press
EMAIL STORY CONTACT EDITOR PRINT
click to enlarge
NEW YORK (AP) An investigation into a potentially dangerous blunder at a government lab found that a scientist kept silent about the accident and revealed it only after other employees noticed something fishy.

Officials on Friday released the results of an internal probe into the accident, which happened in January at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

A deadly strain of bird flu was accidentally mixed with a tamer strain. The mix was sent to another CDC lab in Atlanta and to an outside lab in Athens, Georgia.

No one was sickened by bird flu. But unsuspecting scientists worked with the viral mix for months before it was discovered.

CDC officials have called this the most worrisome in a series of lab safety problems at the government agency.
Associated Categories: Homepage, National News, Local/State News

© Copyright 2014 AccessNorthGa.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.


  • Click here
  • Click here
  • Click here
  • Click here
  • Click here
0.037651
icon
78°F
Gainesville, GA 30501
Clear
Wind: West 17 mph
Dew point: 61°F