A Senate committee wants answers from three federal agencies about their handling of an ongoing investigation of the risks posed by the recent release of a deadly bioterror bacteria from a laboratory at Tulane University, according to a report on USA Today.

The senators note that the Tulane accident follows other "concerning reports" of incidents at federal labs and as the country has faced potential threats from infectious diseases ranging from measles to avian influenza and Ebola.

Staff members at the Tulane National Primate Research Center near Covington may have transmitted dangerous bacteria from a secure lab into a monkey breeding colony or a veterinary clinic due to lapses in the use of protective personal gear, inspectors with two federal agencies said Friday.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service issued a statement pointing to staffers’ failure to correctly use outerwear — or to use it at all — when entering a lab where research was being conducted on the bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei.

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