After several biohazardous screw-ups, the CDC is hiring a safety chief

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will hire a chief of laboratory safety, according to a Reuters report. Because apparently there wasn’t one before; creating the position was a major recommendation of a lengthy internal investigation into mishandling of anthrax and bird flu in the agency’s labs, according to a memo Reuters obtained.

The announcement comes a week after another lab mix-up — one involving Ebola. Last week, a wrong transfer of a sample containing the Ebola virus exposed at least one lab technician to the disease. The technician wore gloves and a gown, standard gear for inactivated viruses, but not all of the protective gear — like a face mask — recommended for working with the live virus. The worker was…

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