Advocate staff file photo by Richard Alan Hannon. Photo shot on 10/29/2004. A pigtail macaques monkey watches visitors in its cage at the Tulane National Primate Resarch Center in Covington.

A dangerous, often deadly, type of bacteria that lives in soil and water has been released from a high-security laboratory at the Tulane National Primate Research Center in Louisiana. Officials say there is no risk to the public. Yet despite weeks of investigation by multiple federal and state agencies, the cause of the release and the extent of the contamination remain unknown, according to interviews and records obtained by USA Today.

The Advocate reported last month that a second monkey infected with the bacteria was euthanized.

See the USA Today story here.