Budget Cuts and Public Health Risks
December 21, 2011
by Dr. Sanjay Gupta
Up first this half-hour: a sober warning about your health.
A new report says Washington's budget-cutters may be crippling the country's ability to respond to new disease outbreaks and bioterror attacks.
DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, we're talking about preparedness in response to lots of different things, including some of the things we've seen this year: natural disasters, like the tornadoes in Joplin, you know, the flooding, the Red River Valley, but also things like H1N1, which you know, cost a large amount of money, about $8 billion to respond to and then, of course, the concerns about bioterror attacks.
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