Target: Director of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tom Frieden
Goal: Demand the establishment of more stringent regulations in pathology labs
Recently, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was criticized for several instances of mismanaging harmful substances in pathology labs. This news comes as a shock to many, including the director of the CDC.
The CDC is the United States’ national public health institute, and is responsible for protecting the welfare of the general public through controlling and preventing diseases. However, a few labs operated by the CDC have had instances of mishandled harmful substances. For instance, in this year alone, lab works have mishandled samples of anthrax and infectious H5N1 avian flu. Although no one was reportedly affected by the mishandled substances, the mishandling should not have occurred in the first place, as it could have led to serious health and safety consequences.
The workers involved with the mishandled anthrax and avian flu strain viruses had disregarded safety measures and had not properly deactivated the viruses. The two labs that were involved with the incident have been shut down.
The CDC has had four other similar incidents in the past decade alone.
The safety of the general public’s health is of the utmost priority for the CDC, and they should duly secure methods to maintain the highest integrity to their purpose. Please sign the petition below to urge the director of the CDC to work to ensure that more stringent regulations are established in CDC-affiliated labs to prevent future incidents.
Dear Tom Frieden,
It was quite shocking to read about the mishandling of harmful pathogens in CDC labs that have occurred five times in the past decade. These kinds of potentially devastating incidents should not even be occurring once under any circumstances. Although no one was apparently affected by the mishandled pathogens, the laboratory workers are walking on a thin line and should always be practicing careful procedures in the lab.
I urge you to make it imperative that all the pathology labs be more closely monitored. The public’s health and safety is in your hands, and I urge you to help uphold that responsibility.
[Your Name Here]
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