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Report: Cuts In Federal Funding Put Public Health Preparedness At Risk

December 22, 2011
by Jordan Calmes
NPR

Do you remember the E. coli outbreak that started in an Oregon strawberry patch this August?

Probably not, because public health officials there pinpointed the farm responsible for the affected fruit with thefirst (and only reported) death, and confirmed the source of the bacteria less than two weeks later.

Oregon's State Public Health Officer Mel Kohn, says federal funds made the quick response possible. The money supported both the epidemiologists who studied the case and the state lab that confirmed the source of the outbreak.

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