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The ethics statement noted Fitzgerald's unresolved financial holdings that could prevent her from talking about cancer and prescription drug monitoring programs. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, the new director of the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is facing questions about an apparent financial conflict of interest that could be preventing her from being able to carry out parts of her job. 

Senator Patty Murray, D-WA, the senior Democrat on the Senate committee that oversees the CDC, has questioned elements in Fitzgerald’s ethics statement that Murray says raise questions about Fitzgerald’s ability to function effectively. 

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