CDC Called to Capitol Hill for Virus Hearing

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were called to Capitol Hill today to answer questions after their workers came into contact with deadly viruses.

Last month, researchers in Atlanta transferred what they thought were non-infectious anthrax samples to labs unable to handle live bacteria. It turns out the samples were actually live anthrax.

In March, CDC workers lost track of H5-N1 influenza virus samples.

And just a few weeks ago, vials of smallpox from the 1950’s were found in a storage fridge.

Now the head of the CDC is speaking out.

“We have concrete actions underway to change processes that allowed the incidents to happen, reduce the likelihood of an occurrence in the future and apply the lessons broadly,” said CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden.

Now every lab will undergo safety reviews before they are allowed to work on dangerous viruses.