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Funding Cuts Imperil Biothreat Response Capability, Officials Say

February 24, 2012
by Diane Barnes
Global Security Newswire

 

Spending reductions threaten to seriously undermine the readiness of U.S. public health agencies to limit the potentially devastating impact of disease agents spread either intentionally or by natural means, federal health officials warned on Thursday (see GSN, Feb. 16).

The 2011 film “Contagion” offered a glimpse into the potential deadly consequences of recent and anticipated cuts to public health efforts at every level of government, senior Health and Human Services officials said during a panel discussion at the 2012 Public Health Preparedness Summit.

 

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