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CDC lab director resigns after Anthrax incident

Michael Farrell, the director of the CDC's Bioterror Rapid Response and Advanced Technology Laboratory (BRRAT) in Atlanta, has resigned from his post, the CDC confirmed Wednesday.

Farrell's departure comes after reports that government employees may have been exposed to live anthrax when samples that weren't properly inactivated left the BRRAT lab last month. He is the first CDC employee to resign over the incident.

The CDC reported in June that proper deactivation procedures were not observed, and the live bacteria was passed on to other labs. No workers, however, contracted the disease. As the CDC conducted its investigation, Dr. Farrell was reassigned last month, Time reports.