Level 3 biosafety lab under investigation

By The Mercury

A national newspaper reported Wednesday that investigators are looking into complaints related to airflow in a level 3 biosafety facility in Atlanta.

USA Today reported that the inquiry focuses on a Level 3 lab at the Centers For Disease Control. The allegation relates to problems within a system designed to prevent the release of infectious agents.

CDC officials told the newspaper that no one had been infected.

The newspaper said the incident occurred in February inside a potentially contaminated lab when air briefly was vented outward into a corridor where the wearing of protective gear was not required.

In a statement, CDC officials said no germs were released.

Level 3 labs are those in which experiments are done related to agents capable of causing serious or potentially lethal disease.

The Biosecurity Research Institute at K-State is a Level 3 facility. No problems have been reported at the BRI.

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