CDC Scientist Rushed Through Lab Procedures, Accidentally Contaminated Bird Flu Samples With Deadly Strain
News outlets report on the investigation into the contamination of bird flu samples by a CDC scientist.
Reuters: In CDC bird flu mix-up, U.S. agency cites sloppy science, failed reporting
“A U.S. government scientist working with bird flu rushed through lab procedures in order to get to a staff meeting, setting off what could have been a fatal mishap, health officials said on Friday…” (Begley, 8/15).
Washington Post: CDC scientist took shortcuts handling deadly bird flu virus, investigation finds.
“An investigation into the mistaken shipment of deadly bird flu virus from a government laboratory earlier this year found that a scientist took shortcuts to speed up the work and accidentally contaminated the samples, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday…” (Sun/Dennis, 8/15).