The Center For Disease Control will significantly curtail its global operations against disease due to a lack of funding for the agency.
Unless it gets new funding, the CDC will be cutting down its work against diseases from 49 countries to 10 countries starting in October 2019, the Journal reported.
While there is no official estimate in how this will affect international public health, a rule of thumb by the American Public Health Association claims that for $1 spent on prevention, $5.60 is saved in healthcare spending. While this is a rough estimate, it helps explain the value of each dollar spent in terms of preventing a public health crisis before it turns into an epidemic.
The 10 countries where the CDC will continue its work are India, Thailand, Vietnam, Kenya, Uganda, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Jordan and Guatemala, the Journal reported.
In all this shortsightedness, both the Congress and President fail to realize, that in the era of jet planes, diseases from foreign destinations can easily make their way to the United States and afflict the domestic population here. The commonality of all human disease is that it affects all humans irrespective of geography.