ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A door that did not properly close on
an approximately 4-feet-by-6-feet sterilizer at the University of Georgia is being blamed for two flooding incidents in a high-containment germ lab.
The lab was designed for experiments on infected cows and other
animals, but internal documents obtained by The Atlanta
Journal-Constitution say the lab flooded twice and leaked water
into a basement during one incident.
According to UGA facility manager Michael Mispagel, the floods -- the
first of some 15,000 gallons, and the second of about 5,000 gallons did not expose any workers or the public to dangerous germs.
The lab remains closed.