Tuberculosis research on hold at Boston University biolab

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BOSTON >> Tuberculosis research has been temporarily shelved at a high-security biolab at Boston University following the partial shutdown of the facility's ventilation monitoring system.

The Boston Globe reports BU officials announced the suspension of research Wednesday in response to the March closure of the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories.

A malfunctioning network switch obstructed the air flow from two labs and prompted the eight-hour shutdown on March 21.

The university declined to make the shutdown public until a preliminary review of the incident was returned by a Colorado-based engineering firm.

A BU spokesman says the malfunction was immediately reported to the Boston Public Health Commission and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Research in the affected laboratories has been suspended until Merrick & Co. completes its report.

Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com


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