Top White House health advisor plans to leave his post, possibly as early as February, to become director of the Centers for Disease Control, a post which has been filled on an acting basis since April by Walter Dowdle, CDC deputy director. Dowdle temporarily assumed the responsibilities when former director James Mason left to take the position of assistant secretary for health at HHS.
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