Report: CDC Scientist Kept Quiet About Flu Blunder

Deadly strain of bird flu was accidentally mixed with a tamer strain
Report: CDC Scientist Kept Quiet About Flu Blunder

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by Mike Stobbe | Associated Press | August 15, 2014


An investigation into a potentially dangerous blunder at a government lab found that a scientist kept silent about the accident and revealed it only after other employees noticed something fishy.

Officials on Friday released the results of an internal probe into the accident, which happened in January at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

A deadly strain of bird flu was accidentally mixed with a tamer strain. The mix was sent to another CDC lab in Atlanta and to an outside lab in Athens, Georgia.

No one was sickened by bird flu. But unsuspecting scientists worked with the viral mix for months before it was discovered.

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