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Public Health Agency probes matter at National Microbiology Laboratory

OTTAWA — The Public Health Agency of Canada says it is looking into an “administrative matter” at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg after it advised the Mounties of possible policy breaches.

The laboratory is Canada’s highest-security facility, designed to deal safely with deadly contagious germs such as Ebola.

The agency says it alerted the RCMP of the issue on May 24, adding that no employee of the lab is “under arrest or confined to their home.”

A spokeswoman for the RCMP in Manitoba says the force can confirm it received a referral from the health agency, adding it will not speculate on the potential outcome of the investigation.

Cpl. Julie Courchaine says the RCMP has assessed there is no threat to public safety based on information it received.

Public Health echoed that it assure Canadians there is no risk to the public, adding that the work of the lab continues.

The Canadian Press