Legislators aired doubts over a U.S. health agency’s pledge to remedy problems tied to its management of disease agents,Reuters reports.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee is weighing the creation of an autonomous auditor for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the news agency reported on Thursday. The medical agency came under congressional scrutiny after a June safety breach initially spurred fears that dozens of workers could have been exposed to anthrax at its Atlanta headquarters. The incident preceded the discovery of numerous additionalviolations of rules for handling infectious pathogens.
The Energy and Commerce Committee reportedly is also considering the establishment of new, nationwide laboratory guidelines that one federal entity would be responsible for overseeing.