Report: Director of CDC’s bioterror lab resigns

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 24, 2014
The CDC Roybal Campus. Source:

The CDC Roybal Campus. Source:

The embattled director of the Centers for Disease Control’s Bioterror Rapid Response and Advanced Technology Laboratory has resigned, according to the Associated Press and Reuters.

Both news organizations report that Michael Farrell submitted his resignation after it was discovered that dozens of employees were potentially exposed to live anthrax bacteria. To read the Reuters story, click here. To read the Associated Press story, click here.

CDC has not responded to a request for comment about these reports.

The CDC’s initial investigation determined more than 80 employees were exposed to the bacteria. Investigation of that incident led to other revelations about safety lapses at the bioterror lab.


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  • @hanna_hurley

    One of the most responsible positions and he blew it! Unbelievable carelessness and potentially responsible for the return of some kind of deadly plague. What is going on at CDC? They must operate at 100% accuracy and efficiency. Right up there with the buttons launching nuclear weapons.
    CDC is located in a densely populated part of Atlanta & Emory University. Those of us who live near there were always afraid of a terror attack making the content of CDC something equivelant to a world wide disaster. Never, ever…did we think that the enmity lived within CDC. Clean it up before it follows the path of VA Hospitals.

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