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Money Woes Prompt CDC to Cut Worldwide Epidemic Prevention Programs

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By    |   Friday, 02 February 2018 11:32 AM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is dramatically downsizing its anti-epidemic programs in 39 of 49 countries because it's running out of money, the Washington Post reported Friday.

The Post said that beginning in October 2019, it will focus on 10 "priority" countries: India, Thailand, Vietnam, Jordan, Kenya, Uganda, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Guatemala.

It will roll back programs in some hot-spot nations such as Congo, Haiti, Rwanda and China, The Post said, quoting unnamed "U.S. government officials."

The CDC programs, spurred by the Ebola outbreak in 2014, are designed to train front-line workers in outbreak detection and beef up laboratory and emergency response systems.

Congress approved $600 million for the five-year program in 2014. The Post said the CDC has about $150 million left. The paper said CDC officials began notifying staffers of the downsizing two weeks ago. A "senior government officials" told The Post the notice was "the very first phase of a transition."

In a letter sent this week, a coalition of health groups representing more than 200 organizations and companies asked Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to reconsider the cutbacks.

"Not only will CDC be forced to narrow its countries of operations, but the U.S. also stands to lose vital information about epidemic threats garnered on the ground through trusted relationships, real-time surveillance, and research," the letter said.

A government official told The Post the CDC could resume work in several of the downsizing countries if more funding is added for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.

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