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Report on the inadvertent cross-contamination and shipment of a laboratory specimen with influenza virus H5N1
  • Published Date:
    8/15/14
  • Language:
    English
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  • Corporate Authors:
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.). Office of the Associate Director for Science.Office of Scientific Integrity.
  • Description:
    Executive summary -- Background -- Description of the event -- Findings -- Recommendations.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted an internal review of an incident that involved the inadvertent cross-contamination of a low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) A (H9N2) virus culture with a highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) A (H5N1) virus and the subsequent shipment of the contaminated culture to an external high-containment laboratory. The contamination most likely occurred at CDC on January 17, 2014, but was not recognized until the receiving laboratory notified CDC of the contaminant on May 23, 2014. The incident does not appear to have posed a safety risk since the virus was handled solely under laboratory conditions appropriate for containment of HPAI H5N1 virus (biosafety level [BSL] 3 with enhancements [BSL3-E]).

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