A former top official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says lab safety issues at one of the agency's high-containment bioterror laboratories in Atlanta raise concerns about self policing. The official is Dr. Richard Besser, former director of CDC's Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response.
Besser is now chief health and medical editor for ABC News, which quotes him as saying: "Laboratory safety is not an area where you want to have this much self-policing ...There is clearly an appearance of conflict of interest in having the inspection program at CDC given the number of laboratories housed within the agency." Read their story at: Air Leak Sparks Safety Fears at CDC Bioterror Lab
Meanwhile, CNN reports that a congressional committee will investigate the air leak issue revealed in internal CDC emails and other documents obtained by USA TODAY. Congress investigates air leak