- WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A civilian
Army researcher at Fort Detrick, Maryland, is in isolation after possibly
being exposed to the Ebola virus, Army officials said Thursday.
- The researcher accidentally pricked herself with a needle
that contained a weakened form of the Ebola virus last week while she was
injecting mice with the virus as part of a research effort.
- The woman has shown no signs of the fatal illness, but
will remain at Fort Detrick for up to 30 days of isolation.
- Local government officials have been notified, but no
one else is believed to have been exposed.
- The Ebola virus, named for the river in Africa where
it first struck nearly 30 years ago, causes high fever, a rash, and bleeding
from the internal organs.
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
the incubation period is between two and 21 days, but a small number of
people who have been exposed have been found not susceptible to serious
effects. In addition to exposure through a cut, scrape, or injection, it
can be passed person-to-person through body secretions.
- Fort Detrick, about 30 miles from Washington, traditionally
has been known for its germ warfare research. In recent years, the facility's
biomedical mission has included a role in the investigation of anthrax
bioterror attacks on the U.S. Capitol in October 2001.
- It is home to the Army Medical Research and Materiel
Command, and houses the main research lab for the Army Medical Research
Institute of Infectious Diseases.
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- Coalition for a Safe Lab
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