The CDC Is Hiring A Lab Safety Chief After Ebola And Bird Flu Mishaps

December 31, 2014 10:04 AM

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CHICAGO (Reuters) – The U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention plans to hire a chief of laboratory safety, a new post that has taken on more urgency after a CDC scientist was possibly exposed to Ebola in a laboratory last week.

Creating a new high-level safety position was a key recommendation of a months-long internal investigation into the mishandling of anthrax and bird flu in CDC labs this past summer, according to an internal CDC memo obtained by Reuters.

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