The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday there was a possible Ebola exposure at a lab in Atlanta.
The Washington Post is reporting that as many as a dozen scientists at a high-security CDC lab were possibly exposed to the virus. Scientists carrying out research on the virus may have mistakenly put a sample of it in an unsecure area.
A lab technician who processed the material might have been exposed, but the person has no symptoms of illness and is being monitored for 21 days, the Post reported.
Officials said there was no possible exposure outside of the CDC lab and there’s no risk to the public.
The mishap occurred on Monday afternoon.
The possible exposure is under internal investigation and has been reported to Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell, Reynolds said. Additional employees have been notified, but none has required monitoring.
CDC Director Tom Frieden said he’s troubled by the report.
“I have directed that there be a full review of every aspect of the incident and that CDC take all necessary measures,” he said in a statement.
In June, at least 52 workers at the CDC took antibiotics as a precaution because a lab safety problem was thought to have exposed them to anthrax.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.