Report on biosafety at the Center for Disease Control
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Report on biosafety at the Center for Disease Control

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    Biosafety at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has always been of primary concern to employees at all levels because of the nature of much of the research, diagnostic work, and training they conduct. Before the present facilities were constructed considerable thought and research went into planning and design of the physical arrangement and the air handling equipment. Also before occupying these facilities, procedures were established for handling and disposing of infectious materials representing various degree of hazards (1). However, during the 17 years in which the present facilities have been occupied, there have been numerous modifications of buildings and air handling systems. Safety procedures have also been revised and in some instances ignored. Etiologic agents of disease whose existence was unknown when the original planning was done are being isolated, identified, and studied. Numerous instances of illness have occurred among CDC employees which were related to their employment at CDC. The death of two employees from Rocky Mountain spotted fever (2) stimulated the formation of this task force to review the facilities, policies, procedures and practices relating to biosafety and to attempt to assess the gap between procedures and practices.
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    by the Task Force on Laboratory Safety.

    October 31, 1977, reprinted July 1978.

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