Georgia health official named new CDC director

Georgia health official named new CDC director
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The Trump administration named Georgia Public Health Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Fitzgerald served as the state's commissioner since 2011 and has practiced medicine for 30 years as an OB-GYN.

In her new role, Fitzgerald will oversee an agency charged with responding to emerging health threats in the U.S. and abroad. 

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“Having known Dr. Fitzgerald for many years, I know that she has a deep appreciation and understanding of medicine, public health, policy and leadership — all qualities that will prove vital as she leads the CDC in its work to protect America’s health 24/7," Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, who formerly represented Georgia's 6th District in the House, said in a statement. 

"We look forward to working with Dr. Fitzgerald to achieve President Trump's goal of strengthening public health surveillance and ensuring global health security at home and abroad."

Fitzgerald's appointment comes as the Trump administration proposes a 17 percent cut to the Atlanta-based CDC's budget, which is about $1.2 billion.