Reports submitted by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are confirming 11 lab workers to have got infected from 2004 to 2010, this raises the question: Are all the security measures well efficient to save the professional's lives?
Yes, in a report issued on Tuesday, CDC officials have confirmed that at least 11 workers at U. S. biological laboratories have been infected with dangerous pathogens from 2004 to 2010, clearly showcasing all the security measures stemming from the deadly 2001 anthrax attacks.
None of the infected workers died and also the infection rate calculated is 1.6 per 10,000 workers, which is lower than the rate of general occupational illnesses in scientific research and development facilities, the Atlanta-based agency said but still there is a need to cut off all such risks, how?
"If you look at the report as a whole, it's a success story," said report co-author Mr. Robbin S. Weyant, who oversees CDC regulation of about 70 "select agents and toxins" deemed a severe threat to human, animal or plant health.
The report bringing out the facts was published in the January issue of Applied Biosafety but it did not mention any detail about the workers affected or the laboratories they worked in.