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Did You Hear About the Deadly Bacteria That Escaped from A Government Lab?

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Burkholderia pseudomallei

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by Daniel Jennings, Off The Grid News

One of the biggest risks of bioterrorism in the United States could come from laboratories operated by the government.

USA Today reported that a deadly bacteria has escaped from a supposedly secure lab in Louisiana, and despite precautions four macaque monkeys kept outside in cages and one person tested positive for it. The monkeys were never part of the experiment, which involved rodents inside the lab. Two of the monkeys were euthanized.

The bacteria is known as Burkholderia pseudomallei, and officials at the Tulane National Primate Research Center had been developing a vaccine for it. The bacteria is found mostly in Asia and Australia.

“The fact that they can’t identify how this release occurred is very concerning,” Rutgers University biosafety expert Richard Ebright told the newspaper.

Officials do not know how or when the monkeys got infected or the extent of the contamination, despite several weeks of investigation by a number of state and federal agencies.

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