WASHINGTON —A technician working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta may have been exposed to the Ebola virus, federal officials said Wednesday.
The technician will monitored for 21 days following the mishap, which occurred in a CDC lab and was discovered and reported on Tuesday, according to agency officials.
Roughly a dozen other individuals who entered the lab were contacted and determined through an assessment not to have been exposed, officials said.
The incident occurred when a sample that may have contained the live Ebola virus was transferred from a high-security laboratory to a lab that wasn’t equipped to handle the sample. There was no possible exposure outside the CDC lab, and no exposure or risk to the public, CDC officials said.