CDC Cuts Global Epidemic-Prevention Activities

CDC Cuts Global Epidemic-Prevention Activities

Downsizing Efforrts in 39 of 49 Countries

Author: Administrative Services Staff/Tuesday, February 6, 2018/Categories: Home Page, NEWS

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The CDC is dramatically downsizing its epidemic prevention activities in 39 out of 49 countries because money is running out, according to this news account.  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. Most of the funding comes from a one-time, five-year emergency package that Congress approved to respond to the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa. About $600 million was awarded to the CDC to help countries prevent infectious-disease threats from becoming epidemics. That money is slated to run out by September 2019. Officials and global infectious-disease experts are not anticipating that the current administration will budget additional resources.

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