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Deadly Germs Mishaps Reveal Sloppy Lab Safety In CDC

By Duna Bil , Jan 05, 2017 12:43 PM EST
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have committed deadly germs mishaps that could have proven lethal to the population over the years. This report was spearheaded by a group of external experts who called the agency's dedication to safety "inconsistent and insufficient".

Aside from submitting national health reports as reported earlier, CDC is mainly concerned with the handling of various communicable and infectious specimen samples. The agency has to undergo external evaluation to assure quality performance.

The most significant report was conducted exactly 2 years ago by 11 experts on biosafety on laboratory science and research. The conclusion of the experts was that CDC was on its way to losing their credibility as authority on disease prevention due to their sloppy lab safety.

Furthermore, they stressed that the agency needs to train more extensively their workers regarding safety and prevention of contamination.

Fast tracked to 2017, the agency is facing questions over its alleged incompetence once again as they faced a number of congressional and secret government sanctions. These sanctions were mostly over the sloppy way that they handle deadly germs.

According to the USA Today, they requested the agency for the release of reports on laboratory-related accidents under the Freedom of Information Act. It took 2 years for the news agency to finally get a hold of the incident reports.

However, most texts in the 503 pages that CDC released were redacted, or heavily edited, that the report looks like "Swiss cheese".

The remaining texts explain and give light on issues as basic as following sterilization techniques. For example, in June 2015, a dozen of bioterrorism employees were placed at risk while working on a deadly anthrax virus due to failure to adhere to proper sterilization process, CNN reports.

Another report of incompetence is highlighted in December that year when an Ebola lab employee was exposed to the virus when the technician mistakenly transferred the mistaken to the wrong lab.

According to the report, there are dozens more similar incidents in which deadly germs were sloppily handled or transferred that lead experts to conclude negatively on the agency.

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