Health Highlights: July 24, 201407/24/14
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
CDC Lab Director Resigns Following Anthrax Scare
The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention bioterrorism lab that was tied to a recent potential
anthrax exposure has resigned.
According to the CDC, the potential exposure occurred between
June 6 and 13 at the Bioterrorism Rapid Response and Advanced
Technology (BRRAT) Laboratory. Lab staff had been prepping anthrax
samples for use in other CDC labs in Atlanta and neglected to
deactivate the samples,
BRRAT director Michael Farrell submitted his resignation
Tuesday, CDC spokesman Tom Skinner told
CNN. He had already been reassigned elsewhere once the
anthrax scare became public.
The CDC's investigative report into the incident found that the
oversight happened because the lab failed to follow approved
sterilization methods, among other reasons.
"The scientists failed to follow a scientifically derived and reviewed protocol that would have assured the anthrax was deactivated," agency director Tom Frieden told CNN.
Leading Doctor in Sierra Leone Ebola Outbreak Is Now
One of the leading physicians in the battle against an outbreak
of deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone has himself become infected
with the illness, news reports say.
UPI, Dr. Sheikh Uman Khan is now in a hospital in Kailahun,
the epicenter of the epidemic in the West African nation. Ebola
spreads easily between people and kills up to 90 percent of those
infected. The World Health Organization says that, as of July 19, a
total of 632 people have died in the outbreak in Guinea, Liberia
and Sierra Leone.
Also according to
UPI, health workers are among those falling ill. Sierra
Awareness Timesreported that on Tuesday "four popular and
dedicated health workers attached to Ebola center located inside
Kenema Government Hospital have lost their lives."
There is currently no cure or antivirus against Ebola.
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