News & Perspective

Mar 13, 2018

Mar 13, 2018
Pregnant woman at airport

Survey finds generally good local capacity to address Zika in pregnant women

Researchers find that 80% of local health department have communication and referral mechanisms between their maternal and child health programs and agency programs, and 78% have access to electronic lab results.

May 23, 2017

May 23, 2017
Federal budget

White House budget proposal spells steep cuts for public health

Though deep cuts aren't likely to be enacted, health groups and experts aired strong concerns.

May 18, 2016

May 18, 2016
Capitol Hill

Senate passes Zika funds as groups brace for readiness cuts

Elsewhere, the WHO rates the Zika threat to Europe as low to moderate.

Feb 03, 2015

Feb 03, 2015
Pills and money

Infectious-disease programs fare well in Obama's 2016 budget

Highlights include funds for antibiotic resistance, bioterrorism preparedness, and a unified food safety agency.

Sep 26, 2014

Sep 26, 2014
Globe with stethoscope

Global health security summit puts sights on Ebola threat

As the outbreak tops 3,000 deaths, nations gather to push a global health plan.

Feb 10, 2014

Feb 10, 2014

News Scan for Feb 10, 2014

400 new chikungunya cases
West Nile costs
Local public health layoffs
Polio-eradication gift

Mar 01, 2010

Mar 01, 2010

State cuts accelerate public health funding shortfall

(CIDRAP News) – Over the past 5 years public health has seen federal funding remain flat, but $392 million in recession-driven state funding cuts this past year are further impairing the ability of many communities to deliver basic disease prevention and emergency health preparedness services, according to a report today from two nonprofit groups.

Feb 19, 2010

Feb 19, 2010

CDC flu barometers show level activity

(CIDRAP News) – Pandemic flu activity in the United States stayed level for the fourth week in a row, though the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported slight increases in the number of outpatient visits for flu-like illnesses and deaths from pneumonia and influenza.

Feb 20, 2008

Feb 20, 2008

CDC says state preparedness much improved since 2001

(CIDRAP News) – The distribution of more than $5 billion in federal funds since 2001 has greatly improved states' preparedness to deal with disease outbreaks, natural disasters, and other public health emergencies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today in a first-of-its-kind assessment.

Jul 15, 2004

Jul 15, 2004

West Nile magnifies need for mosquito control

Editor's note: This story was revised Jul 19, 2004, to include additional information about the percentage of West Nile virus infections that result in illness.

(CIDRAP News) – Now that West Nile virus (WNV) is in North America to stay, mosquito control is becoming an important task of the public health system, West Nile experts said at a public health convention in St. Paul today.

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