CDC Anthrax

Lab workers at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta are being given antibiotics to prevent possible anthrax infection, after it was discovered they were exposed to the deadly bacteria.

FOX News Radio's Eben Brown reports:

86 CDC lab workers in Atlanta are now believed exposed to live anthrax. That's up from Thursday's count of 75:

(Arias) "It never should have happened."

CDC Deputy Director Ileana Arias. Labs handling active disease germs are supposed to confirm samples are dead for two days before transporting. But they only waited one:

(Arias) "It looked like it was dead. The decision was made. It was deactivated and so, that was then moved on to a lab that was not in a position, and was not ready, to deal with active pathogens."

Exposed workers are being treated with precautionary antibiotics.

Eben Brown, FOX News Radio.