Disease Control Director Is Out, Government E-Mail Says

ATLANTA (AP) - Dr. Julie Gerberding has resigned as director of
the Atlanta-based U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
She'll be replaced on an interim basis by a deputy as of Jan. 20,
the day President-elect Barack Obama is inaugurated.

An e-mail obtained by The Associated Press that discloses the
news was sent Friday night to employees of the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services.

Gerberding was appointed head of the CDC and its sister agency,
the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, in July 2002.
The two have a budget of about $8.8 billion and more than 14,000
full-time, part-time and contract employees.

The memo announcing Gerberding's resignation says William
Gimson, the CDC's chief operating officer, will step in as interim
director.


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