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Dutch researchers say they've found five mutations that make H5N1 airborne transmissible in ferrets.
The lab, completed in 2008 but held up over challenges, cleared two more obstacles yesterday.
The debate over experiments that increase avian flu virus transmissibility heats up.
The CDC is monitoring and providing antibiotics to about 75 staffers over Bacillus anthracis concerns.
Nine more workers may have been exposed to Bacillus anthracis.
Early results of environmental tests at CDC labs are negative.
The CDC says some lab workers can discontinue antibiotic treatment and vaccination.
Testing to determine whether the vials contain live virus will take 2 weeks, the CDC said.
In addition to recent problems with anthrax and smallpox, high-path avian flu has now entered the mix.
Their consensus statement calls for better tools to weigh risks and benefits.
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