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UW Influenza Research Institute reassures safety of work

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The UW-Madison Influenza Research Institute says its work is both necessary and safe.

Concerns have grown over the past few weeks after a bio-safety incident at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.

UW-Madison officials say their flu research has been deemed a priority by both the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization, and they go to great lengths to protect the public.

Rebecca Moritz, UW Select Agent Program Manager says, "The university takes our bio-safety and security measures seriously and we do everything we possibly can to lower the risk of what we do, and we feel very strongly that this work needs to be done."

Moritz says the lab is inspected every few years by federal safety officials and was last inspected in August.
   
She says it passed with flying colors.

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