Like many of you, I’ve been watching and reading all the recent biosecurity lapses at our top labs with some dismay. This really isn’t something I normally would cover here on Contagions, but a comment from a reader reminded me that not everyone gets all the stories I’ve been tweeting (or retweeting) for the last few months. So here is a partial roundup in no particular order:
CIDRAP: Wholesale roster change coming for US biosecurity board
Superbug: The Leader of the Smallpox Eradication Effort Speaks About the Virus’ Rediscovery
Superbug: Virus in Found Tubes of Smallpox Is Viable
Superbug: Enhancing flu in the lab: Are accidents inevitable?
Found: Forgotten Vials of Smallpox | Science Blogs | WIRED http://www.wired.com/2014/07/cdc-found-pox/ …
Exclusive: U.S. says government lab workers possibly exposed to anthrax http://news.msn.com/us/exclusive-us-says-75-government-scientists-possibly-exposed-to-anthrax#tscptmt …
After Lapses,CDC Admits a Lax Culture at Labs | NYTimes http://ow.ly/z8HEz
U.S. inspectors find further anthrax violations, mishandling http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/14/us-usa-anthrax-idUSKBN0FJ29X20140714
Transcript of CDC Press Conference on Recent Biosafety Incidents http://ow.ly/z8hVp
On biosecurity at a local level: Out of the Lab & Into the Mouth http://feedly.com/e/NlNGtcnX These are getting to be yearly stories!
Meanwhile, elsewhere Ebola (another category A bioterrorism agent) is raging unchecked in western Africa….
“How to Ignore a Plague” (Ebola) by Umaru Fofana https://medium.com/matter/how-to-ignore-a-plague-14ea08694cc?source=tw-lo_f082bb1795ba-1405182882923 …
Ebola cases in West Africa reach 964, deaths top 600 http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2014/07/ebola-cases-west-africa-reach-964-deaths-top-600
USAMRIID Providing Laboratory Support to Ebola Outbreak http://globalbiodefense.com/2014/07/15/usamriid-providing-laboratory-support-ebola-outbreak/#sthash.GxNfldMP.dpuf