CDC threatens to suspend Hawaii biolab

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently threatened to suspend the ability of the University of Hawaii medical school to conduct research on highly contagious diseases.

The CDC conducted a site visit in March and reported on its findings last week. The inspection found 30 safety infractions at the lab, including failure to implement multiple new safety regulations the CDC started requiring a year ago, HawaiiNewsNow.com reports.

The lab was previously shut down in 2012 when it needed to make improvements to retain its certification.

"This is a lack of management and lack of leadership," State Sen. Sam Slom (R-Hawaii Kai), said, according to HawaiiNewsNow.com. "It's got to be changed. This is the same lab that's been shutdown before. It's had continuing problems."

Slom said there are 30 specific demands the university must meet within a week to address the CDC's concerns. Talia Ogliore, a University of Hawaii spokesperson, said the lab will respond formally by the May 26 deadline.

"We do not believe that any of the CDC's findings pose a risk to the health and safety of our personnel or the public at large," Ogliore said, according to HawaiiNewsNow.com.

Tom Apple, the chancellor of University of Hawaii at Manoa, said he was confident university officials will be able to address the concerns of the CDC, HawaiiNewsNow.com reports.