2015 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2015 10:12:53 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] BIOLABS: Incident at Ft. Detrick (MD)
Multiple researchers potentially exposed to biological warfare agent at USAMRIID

By Sylvia Carignan
Frederick News-Post (MD)
January 4, 2015

While sitting in a boiling hot water bath in a Fort Detrick lab, a plastic tube holding a biological warfare agent popped open. Steam rose up out of the bath.

A microbiologist walked into the room. And another.

One stood in the room for 10 minutes as they discussed what to do, the steam spreading through the lab.

In all, six people were potentially exposed to Burkholderia mallei, a bacteria that causes an infectious disease called glanders. The bacteria can be spread via aerosol, contaminated food and water and was used as a biological weapon during World War II.


For the entire article, see
http://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/health/research/multiple- researchers-potentially-exposed-to-biological-warfare-agent-at- usamriid/article_ef9aae2a-f8cf-5f6d-aa54-4cbc0edfc1a5.html


Lenny Siegel
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