Lab worker in U.S. being monitored for Ebola

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A CDC lab technician in the U.S. s being monitored after possible exposure to the Ebola virus.

BBC News reports:

It said the technician was working at the CDC in Atlanta when an Ebola sample was mistakenly moved from one laboratory to another.

The employee will be monitored for 21 days. A CDC spokeswoman said there was no risk to the public.

The CDC’s director said he was “troubled” by the incident.

“I have directed that there be a full review of every aspect of the incident and that CDC take all necessary measures,” said Tom Frieden.

“No risk to staff is acceptable, and our efforts to improve lab safety are essential – the safety of our employees is our highest priority.”

Monitoring the technician is at least the second time this year the CDC has had to take precautionary measures after a laboratory safety problem.