No sign of anthrax illness after CDC lab incident, officials say

Bacillus anthracis spores, which cause the infectious disease Anthrax. (File) (Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program, Getty Images)
Bacillus anthracis spores, which cause the infectious disease Anthrax. (File) (Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program, Getty Images)
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Updated: 6/30 6:05 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Officials say there are no signs that anyone got sick from anthrax, during a lab safety problem at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Earlier this month, the CDC said dozens of workers at three labs in Atlanta may have been accidentally exposed.

But on Monday, CDC officials said anthrax spores have not been found on surfaces in the labs, and it's not clear that any dangerous anthrax was released.

About 60 workers were offered antibiotics and vaccinations as precautionary treatment. The CDC said about half can now stop taking the medication.

A CDC internal report on what went wrong is expected later this week. Earlier, the federal agency said anthrax samples used in research hadn't been sterilized as expected.

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