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C.D.C. Ebola Error in Lab May Have Exposed Technician to Virus
By DENISE GRADY and DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.DEC. 24, 2014
A laboratory mistake at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may have exposed a technician to the deadly Ebola virus, federal officials said on Wednesday. The technician will be monitored for signs of infection for 21 days, the incubation period of the disease. A small number of other employees, fewer than a dozen, who entered a lab where the mistake occurred will also be assessed for exposure.
The error occurred on Monday when a high-security lab at the C.D.C. in Atlanta, working with Ebola virus from the epidemic in West Africa, sent samples that should have been inactivated to another C.D.C. laboratory, which was down the hall. But the lab sent out the wrong samples, ones that had not been inactivated and that may have contained the live virus. The second lab was not equipped to handle the live virus. The technician who worked with the samples wore gloves and a gown, but no mask, and may have been exposed.
The error was discovered on Tuesday.
The accident is especially troubling because dangerous samples of anthrax and flu were mishandled at the C.D.C. in June, eroding confidence in an agency that has long been one of the most respected scientific research centers in the world. The C.D.C. promised last summer to improve its safety procedures.
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Oil Drillers Are Under Pressure to Scrap Rigs to Cope With Downturn
By David Wethe Dec 24, 2014 12:59 PM ET
Offshore oil-drilling contractors, who last year were able to charge record rates for their vessels, are now under pressure to scrap old rigs at an unprecedented pace.
The recent five-year low in oil prices is threatening an industry already grappling with a flood of new vessels and weakening demand. More than 200 new rigs are scheduled to be delivered in the next six years. That’s a 25 percent jump from the number currently under contract.
To cope, many rig owners will try to keep revenue up by culling older vessels to balance supply and demand.