CDC to cut back disease work in foreign countries: report

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is planning to significantly reduce its overseas work to fight disease due to coming funding cutbacks, according to an internal email reported by The Wall Street Journal.

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.

The cuts are necessary because five years of funding spurred by the Ebola outbreak in 2014 will be coming to an end in 2019, the article said.

The CDC “will have to scale its global health security portfolio to focus efforts based on existing resources,” Rebecca Martin, director of the CDC’s Center for Global Health, wrote in the email reported by The Wall Street Journal. “Faced with this anticipated fiscal reality, we have had to make some very difficult decisions.”

The cutbacks could be reversed, at least to some degree, if more funding becomes available down the line, the Journal reported.

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.

The CDC said it is starting to plan now to make transitions in the countries it cannot continue the work in.

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