Government shutdown puts public health at risk, former CDC director writes

10/14/2013 | Bloomberg

As the government shutdown persists, the public health threats pile up, according to former CDC director and physician David Satcher, who led the CDC during a 1990s shutdown. Furloughed staff means infectious disease surveillance is reduced and response times are extended -- if outbreaks are detected at all. Departments will take time to get back up to speed when they reopen, further straining proactive monitoring and prevention work.

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