[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.