Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Death of California Researcher Spurs Investigation

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By Greg Miller

     Local and federal health agencies are investigating the death of Richard Din, a 25-year-old research associate at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in San Francisco, California. Din died 28 April of meningococcal disease, which authorities believe he contracted from exposure to bacteria in the lab where he worked.

Din began complaining of headache and nausea last Friday evening, says Harry Lampiris, chief of infectious disease at the San Francisco VA. (The principal investigator of the project Din was working on is Gary Jarvis, an infectious disease researcher.) By the next morning Din's symptoms had worsened, and friends took him to the hospital. His condition deteriorated quickly, and he died 17 hours after his symptoms first appeared. . . .

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