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Illness test delayed after the Alaska lab was injured in shake



ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A state health lab was injured in the magnitude of the earthquake 7.0 that struck southern central Alaska, hiding scientists' ability to test for tuberculosis, botulism and other dangerous diseases.

The Anchorage Daily News reports on November 30, the injured 13 of the anchorage's secure test room, forcing staff to send bacterial samples to laboratories in California and Washington.

Resistant walls made of fiberglass layers cracked during the earthquake.

Bernd Jilly, head of Alaska State Public Health Laboratories, says the specialized walls help protect lab researchers from becoming infected while performing tests.

Jilly says the rooms are sterilized, and it is uncertain when about $ 200,000 in repairs will be made.

He says the test delays are not an "acute danger" to public health.

Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.com


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