Over the course of three years, inspectors from the CDC found a raft of problems at Texas A&M's biodefense laboratory. Lethal agents and infected animals weren't properly guarded, unauthorized employees had access to infectious diseases and security measures were deemed inadequate. What they didn't find was evidence that workers had been exposed to Brucella, with one employee home sick during the 2006 CDC inspection. No one at the university alerted them to it, either. Those problems were exposed by an activist group, the Sunshine Project, raising questions about the effectiveness of the CDC's inspection process for the 350 labs it inspects throughout the U.S.
- see the findingsÂ from the Sunshine Project
- read the report from The Dallas Morning News