Possible Ebola Exposure Inside the CDC

One technician who may have been exposed to the virus is being monitored, says CDC head.
1:42 | 12/25/14

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The CDC says a lab technician may have been exposed to the virus after a mistake at their high security lab in Atlanta. That's the same facility that earlier this year mishandled anthrax and flu samples. ABC's Ron Claiborne has the details. Reporter: The alarming news broke late today. As many as a dozen CDC researchers potentially exposed to the deadly ebola virus. On Monday, a small amount of material, which may have contained the live virus, was moved from a level four security lab, where researchers must be full little protected in airtight suits, oxygen filtered in, to another lab, security level two. It was there that the virus was processed by a technician and other scientists entered the room. Those other scientists cleared today, but the technician, now unr mandatory observation for 21 days to make sure no symptoms develop. In a statement, the director of the CDC said, "I am troubled by this incident. We are monitoring the health of one technician who possibly could have been exposed. And I have directed that there be a full review of every aspect of this incident." It's just the latest troubling incident at CDC. Last may, a flu sample with deadly bird flu was sent to an agriculture department laboratory by error. And in June, dozens of CDC workers accidentally exposed to anthr anthrax. Frieden telling ABC news at the time. Safety protocols that should have been in place weren't or procedures weren't followed. Reporter: The CDC vowing to do better after those mistakes, but tonight, Tom, yet another wakeup call. Hard to believe. All right, Ron, thank you so much.

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