A scientist was likely exposed to the deadly Ebola virus in Atlanta at the CDC.
According to the Washington Post, the exposure took place on Monday while a team was conducting research on strains of the virus. As a result, the scientist plus dozens of others are currently being assessed for exposure.
The Washington Post reported:
The technician has no symptoms of illness and is being monitored for 21 days. Agency officials said others who entered the lab have been contacted, and based on assessments, it’s likely no one else was exposed. They said the number of people who entered the lab could be as many as a dozen, but more likely far fewer.
Agency officials said there was no possible exposure outside the secure laboratory at CDC and no exposure or risk to the public. The mistake took place Monday afternoon and was discovered by laboratory scientists Tuesday; it was reported to leadership within an hour of the discovery.
The event is under internal investigation by the CDC, and it was reported to Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell and to the program that has oversight over “select agents” such as Ebola and anthrax.
CDC Director Tom Frieden reportedly said of the recent news, “I am troubled by this incident in our Ebola research laboratory in Atlanta. We are monitoring the health of one technician who could possibly have been exposed and I have directed that there be a full review of every aspect of the incident and that CDC take all necessary measures. Thousands of laboratory scientists in more than 150 labs throughout CDC have taken extraordinary steps in recent months to improve safety. No risk to staff is acceptable, and our efforts to improve lab safety are essential — the safety of our employees is our highest priority.”
Mr. Conservative will provide updates on the situation as they become available.