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Ebola Sample Is Mishandled at C.D.C. Lab in Latest Error – NYTimes.com

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[I]t’s been a bumpy year for the CDC, and this latest error isn’t making any of us feel any better about the agency’s built-in safeguards. Here’s a snippet from the NY Times article this morning:

The error occurred on Monday, when a high-security lab, working with Ebola virus from the epidemic in West Africa, sent samples that should have contained killed virus to another C.D.C. laboratory, down the hall.But the first lab sent the wrong samples — ones that may have contained the live virus. The second lab was not equipped to handle live Ebola. The technician there who worked with the samples wore gloves and a gown, but no face shield, and may have been exposed.

Dr. Tom Frieden has been one of the point men during the current epidemic, and he’s on the hotseat again. Someone might want to buy Tom a pair of fireproof pants for Christmas.

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Update: Ebola Virus Disease Epidemic West Africa, November 2014

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[F]or those who want to see the numbers over time for the West African Ebola Epidemic, here’s a link to the early release of this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) from the CDC. Note the included graph that shows the epidemiology over the outbreak period, March 29-Nov. 8, 2014. The steady rise during the initial half of the year, followed by a major leap is a sobering wake-up call.

Read the entire report via Update: Ebola Virus Disease Epidemic — West Africa, November 2014.