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Investigation reveals CDC scientists kept quiet about lethal mistake

Investigation Reveals CDC Scientists Kept Quiet About Lethal Mistake

The CDC is under fire for another potentially dangerous mistake that scientists kept secret.



An internal investigation revealed a government scientist working at the headquarters in Atlanta accidentally mixed a deadly strain of bird flu, and then sent it to other labs back in January.

The lab worker reportedly realized a mistake was made, but didn't say anything. Fortunately, no one was infected, but scientists unknowingly worked with the dangerous mix for months before it was discovered.

CDC officials are calling the incident the most worrisome in a series of lab safety problems at the agency.

The same facility had an anthrax exposure scare in June that put more than 80 employees at risk to exposure.

Anthrax enclosed tubes were sent to lower security labs, but workers didn't follow proper safety procedures. They managed to disrupt the samples and remove the lids.

The FBI became involved in the internal investigation while the organization reviewed safety procedures with its employees.

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o2bncapecod August 18 2014 at 12:44 PM

Yep, these are the people that we're trusting to bring Ebola to the U.S. because they can handle it. lol What a farce.

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tornekrayville o2bncapecod August 18 2014 at 1:24 PM

They're like those scientists on The Muppets I guess.

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majorthomecho tornekrayville August 18 2014 at 3:12 PM

Why are you being insulting to Beaker and Dr. Honeydew? ; )

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ReddSox35 o2bncapecod August 18 2014 at 9:02 PM

o2bncapecod, Just hold your horses,,, They have it all under control! *sarcasm on*
Wow, I feel super safe now! *shaking head*

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darkfree August 18 2014 at 11:53 AM

Its time to clean house at the CDC , Or at least put the storage with another out fit that does not do experaments but simply protects these agents. Then the CDC will need to sign for what there taking out and will need to show all tracking of these materials.

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capenurse August 18 2014 at 12:38 PM

Aren't you glad that they will be managing Ebola in the US. I feel safe, don't you?

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margaret capenurse August 18 2014 at 1:16 PM

oh yeah, I feel safe !!!!! NOT

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Apple August 18 2014 at 1:13 PM

CDC is too important of an operation which the entire world looks to where is the part stating that the incompetent scientist was relieved of their post?

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margaret August 18 2014 at 1:18 PM

I hope they fired the jerk or jerks who did this !!!!

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usnht3775 margaret August 18 2014 at 3:47 PM

More likely got Promoted

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kindamara margaret August 18 2014 at 9:22 PM

The union wouldn't allow them to be fired .. They probably have "tenure".

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TLKEDOVARY kindamara August 18 2014 at 11:04 PM

Do be so ignorant about unions!

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kimcrdr August 18 2014 at 12:47 PM

I think it is time the CDC cleans their house of insubordinate people!!!

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jag4metoo August 18 2014 at 3:32 PM

Let me guess they promoted the a-hole..this is why i dont trust anyone and they bring the ebola here? that person needs to be fired ASAP and didnt tell anyone?

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fernandezarthr jag4metoo August 18 2014 at 7:43 PM

...Typical liberal incentive,.....you do a F#&%-@P ...and you get promoted.....

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roadzz August 18 2014 at 1:24 PM

Equal opportunity scientists - guaranteed.

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espana66 August 18 2014 at 1:22 PM

Why are they allowed to keep it secret and endanger the rest of us? is the person who made the mistake still employed by them???? why? they should be fired! Cause they are a doctor? Doctor's are stupid too! I'm sure they don't hire the top 10. It's more like the bottom of the barrel and we are at their mercy!!!

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yayabeanes August 18 2014 at 2:56 PM

Doesn't say much for the scientists working on the contaminated item in the first place...How come they couldn't see that right from the start and not months later.

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