CDC to cut efforts to prevent global disease outbreak by 80%

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Washington Post

According to US government officials, the CDC is cutting back on preventing global disease due to fund shortages in 39 out of 49 countries. Most of the funding for the CDC comes from a one-time emergency package approved by Congress. In 2014, 600 million dollars was provided and was supposed to last until 2019. Two weeks ago, the CDC began to notify workers regarding downsizing disease outbreak efforts due to a lack of resources. They plan to focus outbreak efforts in 10 priority countries throughout the world. At this point, the CDC does not anticipate additional funding from the government. However, it is unclear if additional funds will be made available in the presidents 2019 fiscal budget. To read more about the budget’s implications, click here.

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