Must be in Bld 18 where the BSL-3 and BSL-4 labs are located. Most who work with the organism have been vaccinated. I know 2 who did (they don't any longer) and had to go through the miserable 6 injection vaccination. Horrible experience !! Makes you sick as a horse !! Each injection worse than the previous !
Most likely the scientists are protected, but other office staff might be at risk. All are on antibiotics so probably no illnesses or deaths. <phew>
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Unfortunately, there was a laboratory incident on the Roybal campus. Established procedures were not followed, leading to the potential exposure for some CDC staff. We took immediate steps to eliminate the risk of additional exposure, and anyone who may have been exposed is being contacted. The affected areas were the Bioterrorism Rapid Response and Advanced Technology laboratory (Building 18), the Biotechnology Core Facility (Building 23), and the Special Bacteriology Reference Laboratory (Building 17).
Based on the investigation to date, CDC believes that other CDC staff, family members, and the general public are not at any risk and do not need to take any protective action. Out of an abundance of caution, we are reaching out to all staff who may have entered these laboratories from June 6 – 13, 2014. The CDC Occupational Health Clinic is providing counseling, evaluations, and medication as necessary.
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and anyone who may have been exposed is being contacted.
WTF? Is this now out in the wild?
NO, all these"exposures" were inside labs and inside buildings. Most of the labs are NOT accessible to ordinary workers - office staff, janitors , etc for this very reason. We set all out trash cans in the hallways and they collect them - they NEVER go into a high level lab. AND this was in BSL-2 levels labs - BSL-3 level are even more remote ! They take extraordinary measures to avoid any pathogen getting out of any lab. There are backup systems of backup systems as you go up in risk.
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