Recession leaves health agencies weakened in swine flu defense

New York Times, April 30, 2009
The recession has drained hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of workers from the state and local health departments that are now the front line in the country's defense against a possible swine flu pandemic. Health officials in affected states said they had thus far been able to manage the testing and treatment of infected residents and mount public education campaigns. But many said they had been able to do so only by shifting workers from other public health priorities, and some questioned how their depleted departments might handle a pandemic.

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