July 21, 2014

No risk in closing influenza lab: CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) closed a laboratory that mishandled samples of bird-flu virus, but the closure should not impact the CDC’s work on influenza vaccines, according to Tom Frieden, director of the CDC.
“We’re confident that we’ll be able to get the flu lab reopened in time to do the essential work it does like helping to prepare the influenza vaccination for Americans in tracking the spread of flu around the world and around the country,” Frieden said at a recent news conference. “So, at this point, we don’t see any risk to keeping the lab closed until we have a full assessment of what happened and are sure that we can prevent future occurrence.”  Read More

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