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Bioweapons Expert: Protocols, Oversight Key With Anthrax

By    |   Thursday, 28 May 2015 08:21 PM

The Army's mistaken shipment of live anthrax samples from a chemical weapons testing site proves how important protocols and oversight are but also should be a reminder that "nature always finds a way," safety, bioterror and bioweapons expert Debra Sharpe tells Newsmax TV.

In an interview with "Newsmax Hard Line" host Ed Berliner on Thursday, the president of Sharpe Solutions International said the incident suggests the Pentagon hasn't learned from the mistakes of others, including a similar exposure last year at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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"It really goes back to institutional control and making sure people are following procedures that have been developed and validated to make sure that live samples do not get sent out unless that's what the intention of that laboratory is," she said.

"When people do procedures over and over and over, they begin to get lax or lazy or don't follow protocol because they think it works every time," she added. "Nature always 'finds a way,' as we saw from that famous line in 'Jurassic Park' and you just never know."

Sharpe suggested "probably a larger percentage" of the blame for the mistake was poor oversight or bad management.

"That's usually what the root cause is when you find these things occurring … No one was watching," she said.

Still, Sharpe said the anthrax mistake, though troubling, would pale in comparison with "much scarier scenarios," including any work involving the Ebola virus, and "we really need to be very diligent in following … management procedures."

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