U.S. lawmakers press CDC chief over 'dangerous pattern' of lapses

July 16, 2014 3:25 PM

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U.S. lawmakers press CDC chief over 'dangerous pattern' of lapses

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers said on Wednesday there was evidence of a "dangerous pattern" of safety lapses at government laboratories dealing with dangerous pathogens such as anthrax and avian flu that required a change in culture at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Members of a House Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee cited new information on breaches previously unreported by CDC, which is under scrutiny for the potential exposure of more than 80 lab workers to live anthrax bacteria in June. No one has fallen sick due to the lapses.

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