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Louisiana germ release likely due to lax use of lab garments

2 years 7 months 1 week ago Friday, March 13 2015 Mar 13, 2015 March 13, 2015 9:19 AM March 13, 2015 in Health
Source: Associated Press
By: Mike Stobbe

NEW YORK - Investigators have determined the accidental release of dangerous bacteria at a Louisiana research center probably occurred because workers were lax about how they wore protective garments in the lab where the germ was kept.

Federal officials believe that in November, the Burkholderia pseudomallei bacteria spread from a lab to other areas of the Tulane National Primate Research Center in Covington. Eight monkeys kept outside the lab were later found to be infected.

Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the release is not a danger to the general public.

A two-month investigation found some lab workers were lax about tying closed and taking off outer garments. Officials believe the bacteria hitched a ride on the garments Tulane workers wore when they walked to other areas.

Image: The Times-Picayune

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