Bioterrorism Readiness Hurt by Cuts in State Health Programs, Study Finds

December 14, 2010
by Jeffrey Young


Shrinking budgets for U.S. state health programs are endangering the nation’s ability to confront epidemics and bioterrorism, according to a report.

Cuts in federal and state spending threaten improvements for coping with outbreaks of illnesses such as influenza since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the study found. The Trust for America’s Health, a Washington-based nonprofit that advocates for disease prevention, and Princeton, New Jersey-based Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a philanthropy that finances health research, released the findings today.


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