Mishandling of Dangerous Biological Agents a Cause For Concern

dangerous biological agents

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has discovered that government facilities have mistakenly sent, mislabeled, or lost dangerous biological agents (anthrax, smallpox, botulism, brucella, and dangerously contaminated flu viruses) in the past.

Last month, the CDC found that an army biodefense lab in Utah accidentally shipped lives samples of anthrax to private and military research facilities in as many as 17 states, Canada, Australia, and South Korea over a period of 6 years.

In 2014, the CDC closed two labs and imposed a temporary moratorium in shipping deadly pathogens after a string of such incidents.

CDC officials have said they won’t know what actions to suggest to prevent future mistakes until they finish their investigation into the shipping errors discovered last month.