NOTE: The NYT article below is from July of 2014. That's an adminstration and a half ago. Today, with COVID-19 ruling our lives, we're hearing blame in many areas. Plus ca change? Have you ever met someone whose car is full of trash, empty water bottles, food wrappers, old receipts and such? Is their desk as neat as a pin? Their house? Our practices are our practices for the most part. Has CDC improved at all in 6 years?
ATLANTA — Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, spent much of Wednesday completing a report that would let the public see, in embarrassing detail, how the sloppy handling of anthrax by scientists at its headquarters here had potentially exposed dozens of employees to the deadly bacteria.
But just as he was sitting down for a late-afternoon lunch at his Washington, D.C., office, 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 C.D.C.’s lab had been told about it more than a month earlier.
C.D.C. workers had somehow shipped a dangerous strain of avian influenza to a poultry research lab run by the Department of Agriculture. Known as H5N1, the virus had killed more than half of the 650 people who had been infected with it since 2003.
“I was, just frankly, stunned and appalled,” Dr. Frieden said in an interview Saturday.
The recent revelations have created a crisis of faith in the federal agency, prompting calls for an independent body to investigate such episodes in the future, as well as for sweeping changes at the agency and to a sprawling web of research labs that has grown after the 2001 terror attacks led to an intensified focus on microbes that could be used as biological weapons.Continue reading the main story