CDC chief promises fixes to lax safety standards at federal labs

WASHINGTON –  Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, called a pattern of recently-discovered safety lapses — including a mishandling of live anthrax and an incident involving a strain of bird flu at the Atlanta-based health agency — “deeply troubling” and vowed to fix the issues.

Frieden told a House subcommittee on Wednesday that the incidents “should have never happened” and called the lack of adequate procedures and oversight that allowed them to take place “totally unacceptable.”

The panel also was looking into allegations that the federal health agency tried to cover up its mishandling of dangerous pathogens at a laboratory.


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