Behind CDC's Anthrax Lapse, an 'Insufficient Culture of Safety'

July 16, 2014 6:42 PM

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Behind CDC's Anthrax Lapse, an 'Insufficient Culture of Safety'

The most troubling thing about the Centers for Disease Control’s recent disclosure that 81 agency employees may have been exposed to live anthrax last month is that it wasn’t the first lapse of its kind.

Government watchdogs have warned for years about weaknesses in federal labs dealing with dangerous bugs. The CDC’s own report on the June incident details four other times when pathogens inappropriately left high-security labs since 2006, including an earlier case involving anthrax. While investigat...

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