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Report: Possible Ebola exposure at CDC in Atlanta

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Report: Possible Ebola exposure at CDC in Atlanta

Created by CDC microbiologist Cynthia Goldsmith, this colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. Photo provided by the CDC.
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Created by CDC microbiologist Cynthia Goldsmith, this colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion.   Photo provided by the CDC.

Created by CDC microbiologist Cynthia Goldsmith, this colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. Photo provided by the CDC.

The Washington Post reports that the Centers for Disease Control is monitoring a lab technician in Atlanta for symptoms of the Ebola virus.

According to the Post, the CDC said the technician may have accidentally been exposed to the virus on Monday, Dec. 22. To read the full story, click here.

During the summer, the CDC came under scrutiny after dozens of its employees were possibly exposed to live anthrax bacteria.  A lead researcher was reassigned as a result of that incident.

Atlanta has become one of the battlegrounds in the fight against the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa. According to The Guardian, the virus has killed more than 7,500 people. Healthcare workers exposed to the virus have been treated successfully in a special unit at Emory Hospital.

 

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