NATIONAL. Zika virus exposes weaknesses in public health (Stateline, February 2016)

WRITTEN BY MICHAEL OLLOVE | STATELINE POSTED: 02/23/2016, 11:57AM

State health officials were heartened when President Barack Obama this month asked Congress for $1.8 billion to combat the spread of the Zika virus because they fear they don’t have the resources to fight the potentially debilitating disease on their own.

Budget cuts have left state and local health departments seriously understaffed and, officials say, in a precariously dangerous situation if the country has to face outbreaks of two or more infectious diseases — such as Zika, new strains of flu, or the West Nile and Ebola viruses — at the same time.

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