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Sep 11, 2008

Sep 11, 2008

Lab lapses sparked anthrax false alarm in Idaho

(CIDRAP News) – Cross-contamination of clinical specimens in two Idaho hospital laboratories that were conducting proficiency tests triggered brief concern about a potential anthrax attack in 2006, underscoring the value of proper lab practices, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Aug 15, 2008

Aug 15, 2008

FBI conclusions in anthrax probe meet skepticism

(CIDRAP News) – The Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI's) recently revealed conclusion that the late anthrax researcher Dr. Bruce Ivins committed the anthrax letter attacks of 2001 has been greeted with skepticism by many in the scientific community.

Oct 04, 2007

Oct 04, 2007

House committee airs safety concerns about biodefense labs

(CIDRAP News) – A US House of Representatives committee today explored problems at the nation's biodefense labs, including a lack of coordinated federal oversight and even a lack of knowledge of how many high-containment labs exist.

These concerns have been highlighted recently by aggressive efforts from the Sunshine Project, a watchdog group that monitors biodefense research safety, and by other media reports.

Feb 25, 2004

Feb 25, 2004

FBI offers details on ricin-laced letter to White House

(CIDRAP News) – The FBI this week released a photo of a letter addressed to the White House last fall that contained ricin and threatened to "turn D.C. into a ghost town" if new trucking regulations went into effect.

The letter stated, "If you change the hours of service on January 4, 2004 I will turn D.C. into a ghost town. The powder on the letter is RICIN have a nice day Fallen Angel."

Apr 23, 2002

Apr 23, 2002

Anthrax escapes lab room at USAMRIID; one worker exposed

Rundown on an incident that has led to enhanced environmental and occupational health procedures at the facility.

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