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CDC To Cut Global Infectious Disease Response By 80% Due To Budget Restraints

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Via The Washington Post:

Four years after the United States pledged to help the world fight infectious-disease epidemics such as Ebola, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is dramatically downsizing its epidemic prevention activities in 39 out of 49 countries because money is running out, U.S. government officials said.

The CDC programs, part of a global health security initiative, train front-line workers in outbreak detection and work to strengthen laboratory and emergency response systems in countries where disease risks are greatest. The goal is to stop future outbreaks at their source.

Two weeks ago, the CDC began notifying staffers and officials abroad about its plan to downsize these activities, because officials assume there will be “no new resources,” said a senior government official speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss budget matters. Notice is being given now to CDC country directors “as the very first phase of a transition,” the official said. There is a need for “forward planning,” the official said, to accommodate longer advance notice for staffers and for leases and property agreements.”

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2 thoughts on “CDC To Cut Global Infectious Disease Response By 80% Due To Budget Restraints”

  1. I wonder if the Trump Administration or The Congress realize exactly what impact this will have. Not just on our country. Where these CDC field workers are the front line of prevention. Serious ,catastrophic disease like Ebola. Will not be confined overseas. I am sorry, this alone will be one of the most damaging effects of this “single” term President. The people of the United States are going to get a devastating “civics” lesson by the time Mr Trump leaves office. Most citizens in this country have no idea of the work of the CDC. They do not know the work of WHO (World Health Organization). They do not know the work of Doctors without Borders. These organizations are symbiotic. When one organization is removed from the equation the whole system breaks down. To be honest I have no words to begin describing the catastrophic events this one act will set in motion.

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