CDC Lab shutdown could disrupt Texas biohazard lab

The shutdown of two federal biohazard laboratories because of an anthrax scare and other safety problems could disrupt operations at a biohazard lab in Galveston.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention closed two Atlanta-area laboratories earlier this month after an incident at one lab could have accidentally exposed workers in three labs to anthrax last month. A second, previously undisclosed problem earlier this year involved deadly bird flu.

The Galveston National Laboratory works closely with the CDC on several projects, lab director James LeDuc told the Houston Chronicle. One project is the study of the Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever.

LeDuc says the longer the delay in reopening the Bioterrorism Rapid Response and Advanced Technology Laboratory in Atlanta, the more likely the Galveston lab projects are jeopardized.