With Zika, U.S. Hospitals Head Into the Unknown
February 12, 2016
by Kimberly Leonard
U.S. News & World Report
But even in cases that are found, the lack of sustained investment in public health can lead to slow surveillance and hinder officials’ ability to get ahead of an outbreak, says Richard Hamburg, interim president and CEO at Trust for America’s Health, an organization that advocates prevention measures.
Each year the organization highlights how states differ in prevention efforts, revealing significant gaps in funding depending on where Americans live. Hamburg says while the White House has proposed $1.8 billion in federal funding to combat the virus, the influx – as seen with Ebola – highlights the country’s lack of overall focus on prevention and mitigating outbreaks.
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