HIGHTLIGHTED STORY: Government Shutdown Preventing Public Health Officials From Dealing With A Widespread Salmonella Outbreak

8 Oct

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On Monday night, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a public health alert for raw chicken packaged in California. The chicken has been linked to nearly 300 salmonella cases across 18 different states, a widespread outbreak that appears to have begun in March.

While State health officials in California are still able to work, and are encouraging residents to make sure they’re fully cooking their chicken in order to kill potential bacteria; the CDC, which typically monitors multi-state outbreaks of food poisoning, has been forced to scale back to a “skeletal crew” during the current shutdown. All but two of the CDC’s health officials who typically analyze foodborne pathogens have been furloughed.

 

Read more here: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/10/08/2747641/shutdown-salmonella-outbreak/

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