Fiction writers rejoice! The CDC has just given you a new peg for your next zombie apocalypse screenplay! Every fan of zombie or apocalypse fiction knows that the easiest way to begin a story about the doom of civilization is with a government mistake or the escape of some sort of bio-agent that finds its way into the general population: “28 Days Later,” “The Crazies,” “Resident Evil,” “Planet of the Apes” maybe even “The Walking Dead”; they all either condemn the government or scientists or both for the destruction of humanity.
Those things don’t happen, right?
REPORT: AIRFLOW PROBLEMS PLAGUE CDC BIOTERROR LAB/ ATLANTA, GA
“A $214 million bioterror germ lab at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has experienced repeated problems with airflow systems, government documents and internal emails show. The airflow systems are designed to help prevent the release of infectious agents, USA Today reported. The part of the building where the airflow problems have occurred includes labs that can be used for experiments involving anthrax, dangerous strains of influenza, the SARS coronavirus, monkeypox and other microbes that have the potential to be used as bioweapons. In one instance in February, air from inside a potentially contaminated lab briefly blew outward into a “clean” corridor where a group of visitors weren’t wearing any protective gear, according to emails obtained by the newspaper. The federal agency says there have been no releases of germs and no one has been hurt.”
At least it isn’t bath salts this time.