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Biocontainment Laboratories: Addressing the Terror WithinBiocontainment Laboratories: Addressing the Terror Within ONLINE FIRST

Deborah Cotton, MD, MPH, Deputy Editor
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From American College of Physicians, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Editor's Note: This online-first version will be replaced with a final version when it is included in the issue. The final version may differ in small ways.

Disclaimer: Dr. Cotton is a Deputy Editor of Annals of Internal Medicine, Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, and Professor of Epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). However, the opinions expressed here are her own and do not represent those of IDSA.

Disclosures: Disclosures can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M14-1668.

Requests for Single Reprints: Deborah Cotton, MD, MPH, Deputy Editor, American College of Physicians, 190 N. Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

This article was published online first at www.annals.org on 29 July 2014.


Ann Intern Med. Published online 29 July 2014 doi:10.7326/M14-1668
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Recently revealed safety lapses in U.S. government facilities that work with deadly pathogens suggest that, despite efforts to protect us from bioterrorism as well as naturally occurring infectious diseases, there is another grave bioterror threat: the risk emanating from biocontainment laboratories themselves. This commentary discusses possible factors contributing to the safety lapses and strategies to prevent future incidents.

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