CDC Bumble Leaves Workers Exposed to ‘Especially Dangerous’ Strain of Anthrax

Microphotograph of a Gram stain the bacterium Bacillus anthracis which causes anthrax

Microphotograph of a Gram stain the bacterium Bacillus anthracis which causes anthrax

Oh, you know, we were just preparing an especially dangerous strain of the bacteria for use in two lower-security CDC labs, and…

Wait, what?

It is a Friday the 13th Dr Paul Meechan will not soon forget.

On that night last week, bioterrorism researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discovered they had mistakenly sent live anthrax bacteria out to fellow scientists in two lower-security clearance labs at the agency, instead of what they thought were harmless samples of the deadly pathogen.

The initial safety lapse occurred in the CDC’s Bioterror Rapid Response and Advanced Technology laboratory, a high security lab that was trying out a new protocol for inactivating anthrax, using chemicals instead of radiation.

In an interview, the CDC’s Meechan described some of the events that led to the discovery that as many as 75 agency staff had been exposed to live anthrax. The CDC first disclosed the incident to Reuters on Thursday.

The scientists in the Bioterror Rapid Response units had been preparing an especially dangerous strain of the bacteria for use in two lower-security CDC labs, the Biotechnology Core Facility and the Special Bacteriology Reference Laboratory, Meechan said.

via CORRECTED-CDC anthrax scare conjures up real Friday the 13th nightmare | Reuters.

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  • Number1Framer

    I’ve never understood the use or intention behind the research that leads to making deadly diseases even deadlier. Weaponization? Preventative research? Future illuminati population purge? Someone help me here.

    • terrasodium

      The DoD can’t grow a budget without sufficent numbers of bogie men from which to save us from these ever emerging terrors.

      • Number1Framer

        I guess what I’m really wondering is what the pretense is. The “official” purpose for doing these things.

        • Oginikwe

          Even though smallpox has been pretty much eradicated, they still are saving the beastie for “research” and “knowledge.” Even though most of us know that it should be destroyed, the purists are basically hoarders who are greedy about microbes.

        • terrasodium

          Friends receive antidotes, undesirables parish, power is an aphrodisiac, always good to know who our friends are .

    • BuzzCoastin

      monry, & fear

  • BuzzCoastin

    all I can say is
    keep up the great work
    expose more of your kind to your kind of stuff

  • McNamara

    Beyond incompetent…….criminal

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