U.S. House panel to probe if there was cover-up in CDC lab mishap

July 16, 2014 2:15 AM

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U.S. House panel to probe if there was cover-up in CDC lab mishap

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A congressional panel probing the mishandling of dangerous pathogens at federal laboratories will try to determine if U.S. officials sought to cover up an incident involving deadly avian flu, its Republican chairman said on Tuesday.

Representative Tim Murphy said lawmakers will also look at whether lab workers face adequate "consequences" for failing to follow rules, and consider new legislation if penalties are lacking when actions endanger the public.

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