Some House Republicans are demanding answers about an anthrax scare at a government lab last month, requesting years worth of data, Reuters reports.
In letters to Thomas Frieden, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, GOP lawmakers on Wednesday asked for information about incidents in which workers were exposed to "select agents and/or toxins" at the CDC since October 2007. The lawmakers are also seeking the results of any lab inspections and audits related to potential weaknesses in biosecurity protocols since that time, according to Reuters.
Letters were sent by senior Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is planning a hearing next week in order to receive testimony from Frieden. A CDC spokesman said the agency would respond to the information request "as quickly and completely as possible."
Since news broke in June that dozens of workers at a government lab might have been exposed to anthrax because internal safety protocols were not followed, officials have sought to calm initial fears, saying more recently that no one may have been exposed to the deadly bacteria after all.
This article was published in Global Security Newswire, which is produced independently by National Journal Group under contract with the Nuclear Threat Initiative. NTI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group working to reduce global threats from nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons.
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