Friday, March 2, 2012
When did "CDC Funding" become an oxymoron?
Per a recent Nature-News article, the cuts would impact the CDC core budget and impact grants to "local, county and state public-health departments to monitor infectious diseases or track food-borne outbreaks." If these cuts stand, the CDC budget will have fallen by 20% since 2010.
Just last week, Trish Perl circulated an email query asking what key concerns we have in infection prevention over the next 2-3 years. Many were concerned about increased work demands for public reporting and mandates. Mike and Dan had several other concerns they will hopefully share with us in future posts. My main concern was the loss of the CDCs voice in the fight against antibiotic resistant bacteria as their funding is slowly cut. I guess it will be quickly and not slowly.
Source: Meredith Wadman in Nature 483, 19 (01 March 2012) doi:10.1038/483019a