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One CDC high-containment lab resumes transfer activities halted after anthrax mishandling debacle

One of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's so-called high-containment laboratories was allowed to resume its transfer of inactivated dangerous organisms on July 24, a day after a CDC official resigned in the wake of the agency's anthrax mishandling scandal.

CDC head says "pattern" of poor safety in handling pathogens at labs

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.

Report outlines new CDC actions after staff potentially exposed to anthrax

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.

CDC: Decades-old vials containing smallpox virus detected at FDA lab

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.

More U.S. households ditch landlines to become cell phone only, new CDC survey reveals

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.

IBM report offers glimpse into how feds use social media- and ways they can improve

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 monitoring, treating 75 employees for possible, unintentional anthrax exposure

CDC said the exposure was discovered June 13 and resulted from employees not following safety protocols. It said potentially affected workers were immediately notified.

Most physicians planned to apply for EHR incentive in 2013

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.

CDC looks to social media for disease trends

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.

Little trust in 'the government,' but Americans view many agencies favorably

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.