The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention admitted that a recent incident potentially exposing staff to anthrax has revealed a "pattern" of poor safety measures in handling such dangerous pathogens over the years.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it's taken several actions to prevent future incidents similar to one in June when dozens of Atlanta-based employees were potentially exposed to anthrax.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that recently discovered decades-old vials at an unused part of a storage room of a federal lab contained smallpox virus DNA. But the agency said it will take a couple of more weeks to determine whether the material is viable.
Preliminary results from the survey released July 8 showed that about 40 percent of homes had only cell or mobile phones during the second half of 2013. That was an increase of 1.6 percentage points from the first half of the year and 2.8 percentage points since the second half of 2012.
While social media applications from podcasts to Pinterest are becoming a more integral part of a government's means of reaching constituents, measuring their effectiveness is still a challenge. A new report from IBM's Center for the Business of Government provides insight on how social media is being used in the U.S. government and what agencies can do to enhance engagement.
CDC said the exposure was discovered June 13 and resulted from employees not following safety protocols. It said potentially affected workers were immediately notified.
Sixty-nine percent of physicians had applied or planned to apply for the federal electronic-health-record incentive program in 2013, according to a survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Centers for Disease Control can envision a future where it uses social media as a data source for the early tracking of emerging diseases, but it's not without obstacles. Nontraditional data sources are an increasing necessity caused by the great recent decline of public health staff at local governments, said Joanne Andreadis, senior advisor within the CDC Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response. She spoke on a panel Oct. 28 during the annual ACT-IAC Executive Leadership Conference.
Only 19 percent of American adults say they trust the government to do what is right most of the time or always, nearly setting a new record low, according to a Pew Research Center poll.
Less than 2 percent of National Science Foundation personnel qualified as essential enough to continue working during the government shutdown under the agency's contingency plan. Within the Health and Human Services Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has retained 32 percent of its staff.