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Anthrax incident 'should never have happened,' CDC chief says
Anthrax incident 'should never have happened,' CDC chief says

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told a congressional panel Wednesday that safety lapses at the agency’s bioterrorism labs were “completely unacceptable” and “should never have happened.” Appearing before an oversight panel of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden vowed to improve the agency’s safety procedures after reporting in June that more than 80 CDC staffers may have been exposed to live anthrax. “We need to greatly improve the culture of safety and I’m overseeing sweeping measures to improve that culture of safety,” Frieden said. The problems, which included...

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