Dr. Jordi Casals-Ariet

 

 

 

Age: 92

 

Summary: epidemiologist and leader of the team involved in the 1960's research of the Lassa fever virus from Africa at Yale University who was nearly killed by Lassa fever after being exposed to the virus due to lab accidents (another lab worker was killed), prompting fears of widespread infection along the eastern seaboard (the accident coincided with publication of the book The Andromeda Strain), the incident of which changed future research into infection diseases into maximum security laboratories such as the CDC in Atlanta.

 

 

Cause of Death: Not released

 

Born: May 15, 1911

 

Died: February 10, 2004

 

Location: New York City, New York