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CDC director tells staff ‘there are no banned words,’ while not refuting report

Fitzgerald’s email did not refute a report that CDC staff had been given a list of seven banned words at recent budget meetings.
Dr. Brenda Fitgerald Source: Branden Camp/AP

The new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reached out to alarmed agency staff over the weekend to tamp down fears incited by a report that the Trump administration has banned the CDC from using words like “fetus,” “evidence-based,” and “diversity” in its budget submissions.

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, who has led the agency since July, sent an all-hands email to the agency’s staff assuring them that the CDC is committed to its mission as a science- and evidence-based

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