75 Scientists Possibly Exposed to Anthrax

By NBCNews.com

Published 06/20 2014 10:36AM

Updated 06/20 2014 10:37AM

As many as 75 scientists working in government laboratories may have been exposed to live anthrax bacteria, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday. The scientists are being offered treatment to prevent infection.

"Out of an abundance of caution, CDC is taking aggressive steps to protect the health of all involved, including protective courses of antibiotics for potentially exposed staff," spokesman Tom Skinner said in a statement. "Based on most of the potential exposure scenarios, the risk of infection is very low."

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/cdc-75-scientists-possibly-exposed-anthrax-n135941

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