CDC report faults agency for lax attitude toward safety

July 14, 2014 4:05 AM

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ATLANTA — Dr. Thomas Frieden, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, spent much of Wednesday finalizing a report that would let the public see, in embarrassing detail, how the sloppy handling of anthrax by scientists at its Atlanta headquarters had potentially exposed dozens of employees to the deadly bacteria.

Then an urgent call came in. There had been another accident, this one just as disturbing, if not more so — and no one in the agency’s top leadership had been informed about it until that Monday, though the CDC’s lab had been told about it more than a month earlier.

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