The ever-controversial and often dangerously inept Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been hiding some disturbing information from the public.
USA Today requested laboratory incident reports from the agency under the Freedom of Information Act. It took nearly two years for the agency to release them to the news outlet, and many of the reports were heavily redacted. The CDC blacked out many details – including the types of viruses and bacteria involved in lab mishaps. Often, entire descriptions of incidents were redacted.
But in several cases, clues about the seriousness of incidents were exposed, because CDC staff failed to consistently black out the same words repeated throughout a string of emails.