CDC Cuts Could Hurt Bioterror Effort

February 6, 2005
by David Wahlberg and M.A.J. McKenna
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Public health advocates warned Saturday that if President Bush's proposal to cut nearly $800 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention budget is approved by Congress, the nation will be more vulnerable to bioterrorism and avian influenza and less able to deal with the obesity epidemic... ...A December report by Trust for America's Health said that two-thirds of the states met six or fewer of the 10 indicators of public health preparedness. Few states are ready for bioterror threats in the form of chemical or radiological agents, Shelley Hearne, executive director of the Washington-based nonprofit organization, said Saturday.

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