A Deadly Virus Escapes

Concerns about lab security arise as a mysterious disease from Brazil strikes a Yale researcher

The accident must have come as a horrifying shock, even for an experienced scientist. One minute, a sample was spinning in a high-speed centrifuge. Then, suddenly, the container cracked, and the sample -- tissue contaminated by a rare, potentially lethal virus -- spattered the inside of the centrifuge. Fortunately, the Yale University researcher working with the deadly germs was wearing a lab gown, latex gloves and a mask, as required under federal guidelines. He also knew the proper procedure for dealing with a deadly spill: rub every surface with bleach, sterilize all instruments that have been exposed, then wipe everything down...

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