Anthrax disease is still as major threat to human and animals well being.
Over 80 Anthrax Exposures at CDC After Safety Breach — Public Not at Risk — Physician’s First Watch
Over 80 Anthrax Exposures at CDC After Safety Breach — Public Not at Risk
By Joe Elia
The exposure of 84 workers to live anthrax at the CDC was caused by what Reuters reports as a "pivotal lapse in procedure."
Workers who were trying to kill samples of the bacteria declared too soon that the sample containers had been sterilized. Instead of waiting for a protocol-specified 48 hours to check for signs of bacterial growth, the workers only waited for 24.
Reuters says that no one has fallen ill, and that "dozens" have received a vaccine and antibiotics in an attempt to forestall infection.
The Washington Post offers a reassuring video of an Emory University epidemiologist saying the public is not at risk, because anthrax is spread by spores or by animal-to-human contact. Even those suffering inhalational anthrax do not create infectious aerosols when they cough.