Disease lab finalized but concerns linger

Disease lab finalized but concerns linger

Candace Krebs


For those already concerned about the wisdom of placing a high-level disease lab in the heart of U.S. cattle country, last year’s developments were less than reassuring. Federal mishandling of infectious agents like anthrax, avian flu and smallpox and a botched response to the Ebola virus called into question protocols at the once highly respected Centers for Disease Control and raised general concerns about the federal government’s ability to secure disease research facilities, adequately train employees and carefully monitor procedures.

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