The government’s health agencies have been under the microscope lately for lapses in their handling of lethal pathogens. In June, there were reports that almost 90 workers may have been exposed to anthrax at the Centers for Disease Control labs in Atlanta. A month later, reports revealed that vials containing live smallpox had been found in an unused storage room at a Food and Drug Administration lab in Bethesda, Maryland. And this all comes on top of news over the past couple of years on the rise of the “superbug” – bacteria resistant to drug treatments – that many complain the FDA has not done enough to prevent.
Which brings us to this month’s news that the CDC has moved two Americans infected with the ultra deadly Ebola virus from Africa into the United States. While it is certainly laudable that the U.S. is taking care of its own, the recent lapses beg the question of whether the government is up to the task of protecting us from
these dangerous pathogens.
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