(Repeats to attach item to alerts)
July 16 The director of the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday said that he now
recognizes a pattern of safety problems and said he will take
sweeping measures to improve the culture of safety at the CDC.
The comments by Dr Thomas Frieden came as part of testimony
before a U.S. congressional subcommittee investigating recent
lapses in safety in the handling of anthrax and avian influenza.
"In hindsight, we realize we missed a crucial pattern: a
pattern of incidents that reflect the need to improve the
culture of safety at CDC," Frieden said.
(Reporting by Michele Gershberg; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)