Skip to comments.U.S. CDC Lab Inspectors May Have Risked Public Safety: Documents
Posted on 08/02/2014 4:44:46 AM PDT by blam
Sat Aug 2, 2014
Reuters) - U.S. laboratory inspectors charged with protecting the public from the release of deadly pathogens were repeatedly criticized by a federal watchdog for overlooking biosafety lapses long before this year's anthrax scare at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Newly released federal documents show that oversight gaps at the CDC Division of Select Agents and Toxins (DSAT) may have contributed to biosafety lapses at six laboratories handling pathogens including smallpox, influenza and monkeypox. As a result, the inspectors may have put public safety at risk.
"We found that DSAT did not effectively monitor and enforce certain federal select agent regulations at the laboratories," Daniel Levinson, inspector general for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said in a July 2011 report sent with a letter to CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden.
"These weaknesses may have contributed to the laboratories not being in full compliance with certain federal select agent regulations, which may have put public health and safety at increased risk."
The documents of the HHS inspections of the CDC labs were released on Friday by the House Energy and Commerce Committee and provide insights into a repeating pattern of biosafety problems that date back to 2008 and span both the Obama and Bush administrations.
The inspector general found that in many cases, deadly pathogens wound up in the hands of people who had not been approved to handle them, increasing the risk that they could have been lost or stolen.
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There is nothing to worry about with the CDC/Emory Hospital bringing active Ebola cases to Atlanta.
I have a feeling we ‘ain’t seen nothing yet.’
Nobody is talking about all THE African leaders and their entourages from the very countries where these outbreaks are rampant,coming to DC on Monday!Where have they been? Where will they be going beside DC? Disneyworld?
This gives me great confidence in their ability to handle Ebola.........
I have a wealthy friend who goes to Las Vegas about twice a year tell me, just yesterday, that he had probably made his last airplane trip, anywhere.
He is worried about the spread of disease because he said that people from all over the world are there (Vegas) 'mingling' all the time.
I'm seriously considering following his example.
Well, it IS in Atlanta.
I noted that two of the countries affected by the Ebola outbreak have cancelled their trip to DC.
A friend of mine just did it.
The co. he works for wanted him to start traveling all over the world again and he said forget it.
An action by these people that will never be calculated or recorded...the survivors (to be) are already making their moves?
You will never know, the stars are hidden
He got a heads up from someone he works with that lives in Thailand.
Better start watching what the muslims are up to in Thailand.
Do you not understand that the CDC has almost certainly had ebola available for research for years?
Do you not understand that Emory hospital’s isolation ward is a completely separate facility?
Dr. Brantly and Mrs. Writebol will receive the best care in the safest environment possible and, at the same time, basically serve as human research subjects as we look for a vaccine/cure for this disease.
Their return could be the best thing ever for protecting us against viral hemorrhagic fevers.
Don’t worry be happy. :-)