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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 05/27/2010

Accidents at Fort Detrick detailed

By Washington Post editors

Army documents are revealing details about numerous accidents involving potential exposure to pathogens at a biodefense laboratory at Fort Detrick in Frederick.

The Frederick News-Post reported Thursday that it obtained four years' worth of reports from the U.S. Army Institute of Infectious Diseases through the Freedom of Information Act.

They include 16 potential exposures last year and 20 in 2008. That's almost double the nine reported incidents in 2006 and eight in 2007.

An institute spokeswoman says an increased emphasis on reporting could be one reason for the higher numbers.

The Army previously made a public announcement of the only confirmed exposure during the period. That was a case of tularemia (too-lah-REE'-me-ah) that put a lab worker in the hospital last fall.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | May 27, 2010; 12:30 PM ET
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