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Is the U.S. Ready to Combat Zika?

June 3, 2016
by Madeline Thomas
Pacific Standard

Overall public-health spending nationwide has been shrinking in recent years. The CDC’s budget decreased from $7.07 billion in fiscal year 2005 to $6.34 billion in 2016, according to an April report by the non-profit Trust for America’s Health. Funding for emergency disasters has been slashed too: The budget for the federal Hospital Preparedness Program dropped more than 50 percent, from $515 million 2004 to $255 million in 2016.Overall public-health spending nationwide has been shrinking in recent years. The CDC’s budget decreased from $7.07 billion in fiscal year 2005 to $6.34 billion in 2016, according to an April report by the non-profit Trust for America’s Health. Funding for emergency disasters has been slashed too: The budget for the federal Hospital Preparedness Program dropped more than 50 percent, from $515 million 2004 to $255 million in 2016.

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