Man Behind Anthrax Blunder Reassigned

    The Centers for Disease Control sign is seen at its main facility in Atlanta, Georgia June 20, 2014. U.S. authorities increased to 84 people their count of government workers potentially exposed to live anthrax at three laboratories in Atlanta as they investigated a breach in safety procedures for handling the deadly pathogen. Researchers in the CDC's high-security Bioterror Rapid Response and Advanced Technology laboratory realized they had sent live anthrax bacteria, instead of what they thought were harmless samples, to fellow scientists in two lower-security labs at the agency.  REUTERS/Tami Chappell  (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH POLITICS) - RTR3UXYI

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    The director of the lab responsible for inadvertently exposing dozens to anthrax at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been reassigned. Two CDC scientists speaking to Reuters on the condition of anonymity said Michael Farrell, the head of the Bioterror Rapid Response and Advanced Technology Laboratory, had been moved while the federal agency investigates. As many as 84 workers have needed to be vaccinated or take medicine with known side effects to combat the accidental exposure to anthrax. Many say they feel they were inadequately informed thanks to unnecessary delays from the agency. CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden admitted in an email, “We waited too long to inform the broader CDC workforce.”

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