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Anthrax, Bird Flu Safety Breaches Shut Down CDC Labs

The accidental release of a lethal strain of avian flu, following an anthrax scare last month, has spurred the Centers for Disease Control to ban movement of infectious material from its labs, and to close two of them.

The incidents were among five that have occurred over the past decade, the U.S. agency said in a report yesterday. While no one has become ill from either mishap, both the flu lab and the one containing the anthrax has been shut, the CDC said.