Emergency Response for a Laboratory Biosafety Incident.

Authors:
En Min Zhang
En Min Zhang
National Institute for Communicable Disease Control and Prevention
China
Heng Zhang
Heng Zhang
School of Life Sciences
China
Xu Dong Liang
Xu Dong Liang
National Institute for Communicable Disease Control and Prevention

Biomed Environ Sci 2019 Mar;32(3):231-233

Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing 102206, China.

On December 14, 2017, a faculty member of a university in Hunan Province reported that an anthrax vaccine strain might have recovered virulence during an undergraduate experiment and potential exposure could not be ruled out for the students involved. Upon receiving the case report, the CDC, health bureaus, and local governments at the county, prefectural, and provincial levels promptly organized experts in different fields (including epidemiologists, biosafety experts, and laboratory testing experts) for case investigation, evaluation, and response. As the investigation results showed, no virulence recovery was identified in the involved anthrax vaccine strain; and no contamination of Bacillus anthracis was detected at the involved areas. Thus, the university returned to normal functioning.

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