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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
June 4, 2014

Budget Cuts Put West Nile Virus Surveillance in Jeopardy

JAMA. 2014;311(21):2164. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.5478

Budget cuts since 2004 have eroded state and local health officials’ capacity to control West Nile virus and other arboviral infections, a team of public health researchers has reported.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established cooperative plans for surveillance and prevention with the 50 states and 6 city or county jurisdictions after West Nile virus first appeared in the United States in 1999. By 2004, a national arboviral surveillance infrastructure had been created.

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