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CDC director resigns after report she bought shares of tobacco company

1 month 2 weeks 6 days ago Wednesday, January 31 2018 Jan 31, 2018 January 31, 2018 9:13 AM January 31, 2018 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: WBRZ Staff
Photo: CDC

WASHINGTON - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chief Brenda Fitzgerald has resigned due to investment issues.

According to ABC 15, the news comes after a report that Fitzgerald bought shares in a tobacco company one month after taking over an agency tasked with working to stop people from smoking.

"Dr. Fitzgerald owns certain complex financial interests that have imposed a broad recusal limiting her ability to complete all of her duties as the CDC Director," a HHS statement said. "Due to the nature of these financial interests, Dr. Fitzgerald could not divest from them in a definitive time period."

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