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Audits Reveal Security Flaws at CDC Biolabs

By Mike Moran

Inspections of medical labs for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to find safety and security issues such as unlocked security doors and malfunctioning airflow systems that prevent the release of hazardous biological material. Reports from U.S. Inspector General obtained by a USA Today FOIA request and reported yesterday also indicate that electronic access cards were not programmed to limit access to specific project areas and that employees working with potential bioterrorism agents could not be verified as having received required biosafety and security training.

According to the site, some of the audits findings include failing to ensure the physical security of bioterror agents or restrict access to approved individuals, failing to ensure that those working with and around potential bioterror agents have received required training, and failing to ensure that only approved individuals accepted packages containing potential bioterror agents arriving from outside labs. "Although the locations of the CDC labs examined by the IG's auditors were redacted from the reports, Henderson said the 2010 and 2008 audits involved labs on the CDC's main campus in Atlanta, and the 2009 audit was of the agency's labs in Fort Collins, Colorado," according to USA Today.
 

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