Mistake at CDC may have exposed scientist to Ebola

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

December 31, 2014

A violation of safety rules at the CDC lab in Atlanta may have exposed a scientist to the Ebola virus, according to an article in the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

According to the article, the CDC said the exposure may have occurred when a small amount of an Ebola virus experiment that may have contained the virus was mistakenly taken from a high security lab to a less secure laboratory.
 
The article quotes CDC officials as saying the exposure was contained inside a secure laboratory and there was no risk to the public. The exposure was discovered by laboratory scientists December 23 and reported to leadership within an hour.
 
Also according to the report, the lab technician who may have been exposed has not shown signs of the Ebola virus, and will be monitored for 21 days along with other workers who entered the lab.