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article imageU.S. shutdown leads to health risks

By Tim Sandle     Oct 12, 2013 in Health
As US health services, including the FDA, CDC and USDA limp along due to the federal government shutdown, a salmonella outbreak has occurred.
The US federal government shutdown has affected the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). One important role that these agencies play is in dealing with major health outbreaks.
While the agencies are struggling amidst the shutdown, a salmonella outbreak has sickened nearly 320 people across 18 states, [url=http://Foster Farms t=_blank]ABC News reports. Medics and scientists are concerned that the shutdown is inhibiting their ability to deal with the outbreak. So far, 42 percent of ill persons have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported. Most ill persons (73 percent) have been reported from California.
The outbreak appears to have emanated from three plants operated by California-based poultry processor Foster Farms. The infected food is processed chicken, according to Oregon Live.
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