Officials with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reinstated Tulane University’s permit to work with dangerous biological agents, more than a year after the permit was suspended when three monkeys at the university’s Covington-area research center were infected with potentially deadly Burkholderia pseudomallei bacteria.In other words the crisis has passed and we can all once again rest secure in the knowledge that there is officially nothing to see here in Covington. You know, until there is again. We'll let you know. Trust us.
Tulane announced the reinstatement Monday but said that work with “select agents” — those deemed to pose a potentially grave danger to public or plant health or to animal or plant products — will not resume until officials at the Tulane National Primate Research Center put into place additional safety measures that are still being implemented.
Long time readers of this here yellow blog might already know that the impending monkey virus disaster is one of the longest running stories we've followed over the years. Prior to last February's bacteria scare, we managed to rescue from link rot three previous instances of monkey security breaches going all the way back to 1998.
There are a lot of ways for it to end for us here in South Louisiana. It's hard to say how likely the monkey borne supervirus is on that list. But just know that it's definitely entered into the sweepstakes. Adjust your wager accordingly.