CDC: Yes, We Are Negligent

    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) - RTR3UXYK

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    Please keep better watch over deadly substances and viruses, CDC. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has admitted to a dangerously lax culture in its laboratories that has allowed incidents like a mishandling of anthrax that left dozens of employees exposed, as detailed in a recent report. Now, calls for an outside investigation have been prompted by another disastrous blunder: CDC workers accidentally shipped the deadly H5N1 strain of influenza to a Department of Agriculture staffer and didn’t alert top management to it for a month. In response, agency head Dr. Thomas Frieden ordered an overseer of laboratory safety and closed the flu and bioterror laboratories, along with suspending all shipments to high-security labs.

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