The CDC’s Bad Year Just Got Worse

The CDC is conducting a review of the latest mistake in which a lab worker may have exposed to the Ebola virus.

A sample of the live virus may have been sent from one CDC lab to another down the hall — one not equipped to work with the deadly pathogen. The technician who handled the sample was not adequately protected.

CDC Director Tom Frieden is promising action, the latest in a string of pledges to upgrade safety.

In a statement, he said: “No risk to staff is acceptable.”

It’s becoming a familiar refrain for Frieden, who made a similar statement in July after it had been revealed that CDC workers had accidentally contaminated flu samples with the deadly H5N1 virus, also known as bird flu.

“For this to happen, and put our workers potentially at risk is totally unacceptable,” Frieden said in July.