CDC To Cut Global Disease Response By 80%

The Washington Post reports:

Four years after the United States pledged to help the world fight infectious-disease epidemics such as Ebola, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is dramatically downsizing its epidemic prevention activities in 39 out of 49 countries because money is running out, U.S. government officials said.

The CDC programs, part of a global health security initiative, train front-line workers in outbreak detection and work to strengthen laboratory and emergency response systems in countries where disease risks are greatest. The goal is to stop future outbreaks at their source.

Two weeks ago, the CDC began notifying staffers and officials abroad about its plan to downsize these activities, because officials assume there will be “no new resources,” said a senior government official speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss budget matters. Notice is being given now to CDC country directors “as the very first phase of a transition,” the official said. There is a need for “forward planning,” the official said, to accommodate longer advance notice for staffers and for leases and property agreements.

The long list of affected countries is at the link.

  • Christopher
    • Gustav2

      Pssst, That is the real reason for Ground Hog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

  • DaddyRay

    The Trump Administration is counting on the fact that nobody wants to travel to the United States while he is president

    • GayOldLady

      Cause nobody does?

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)
  • Gustav2

    This was one to the best PR things our county did. People remember which country saved their lives.

    • John30013

      To be honest, it also helps keep those outbreaks from spreading to, well, here, and it gives is valuable time to find treatments.

      This is Trump cutting off Obama’s nose to spite his base’s face.

      • Charles Nelson

        And the typical Trump supporter is also an anti-vaccination advocate!

    • CJAS

      And then there’s the doing a thing because it’s simply the right thing to do.

  • AmeriCanadian

    Every man and country for themselves.

  • OdieDenCO

    This is not America!

  • olandp

    No disease could ever get past the Dotard’s border wall!

  • Rebecca Gardner

    They are completely dismantling our nation. Why?
    I really hate these motherfuckers!

    • Karl Dubhe

      Cause the Ruskies want revenge for the end of the Cold War.

      I’m sure that’s the reason. That or they’ve found some sort of ‘Gawd’ and are sniffing its butt like it was a never ending pile of cocaine.

      • CanuckDon

        Or is it like the game Risk where Russia takes over US and begins its pursuit of the entire world.

        • Karl Dubhe

          If it was Risk, they should have started with Australia.

          That’s the easy way to win that game. 🙂

          • CanuckDon

            Australia was too clever in this case.

    • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)
    • The_Wretched

      Because the ‘pound foolish’ costs are paid by the poorest.

  • LeeCMH

    Disease knows no border or wall.

    Helping prevent disease in other countries helps Americans as epidemics have less chance to spread here.

    • Yea, but Fox News said that the prototypes for his wall are working out much better than anticipated.
      Rest easy, the germs will have as much trouble as any illegals.

  • Karl Dubhe

    That’s a great idea, it’s not like there’s going to be another global pandemic anytime soon. Why worry about something we’re not going to do anything about? It’s not like any biological organism is going to cross our borders without our ‘okilly dokally’.

    /we’re more fucked than I thought we were.

    • canoebum

      These dolts are just getting started. Let’s see, clean air, nope, Clean water, why bother? Science as a means to improve health and safety? Who needs it?

  • PickyPecker
    • Michael R

      Must be part Portugese water dog

    • CanuckDon

      Can I just watch this all day?

    • DaddyRay

      The dog is obviously part to the Deep State secret society

    • ColdCountry

      Thanks for the laugh! Winter is half over, or as the old saying goes, you should still have half your wood and half your hay. Winter started three weeks early this year, wonder if it’ll end early. (Notice the lack of question mark.)

  • Tulle Christensen

    It makes so much sense to fight Ebola on our own soil instead of overseas, just think of all the money we will save on travel expenses /s

  • TexasBoy

    Which means no early warning system or time to develop flu vaccines before they hit here.

  • Acronym Jim

    They have already been taking steps to return to the days when 4 out of 5 doctors preferred Camel cigarettes.

    • Tom Furgas

      I thought it was Chesterfields, but what ev.

      • Acronym Jim

        That’s the brand of the former head of the CDC. That’s why she resigned – poor investing.

  • OdieDenCO

    I thought donny was a germaphobe. has anyone told him the CDC deals with germs?

    • Bluto

      yeah but the CDC cuts are for shithole countries.

      • Tulle Christensen

        Like here?

      • It Takes a Village, People

        Correct. That’s the issue.

  • Bluto

    “Forward planning”, isn’t that what planning is? Can someone backward plan?

    • Michael R

      MAGA

    • Hue-Man

      Time travelers?

    • CanuckDon

      Apparently so.

  • kareemachan

    These people are effing brill….

    Not.

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    Don’t you girls understand? Trump’s tremendous WALL will stop spread of infectious vermin from shithole countries

  • netxtown

    now how much was the stupid ass wall gonna cost ?….

    • kanehau

      It will prevent viruses from crossing as well!

  • Harveyrabbit

    Well, they are mostly shithole countries anyway. And besides spending money on jesus’ military, bombs and missiles will save lots more lives than stupid ass medicine and science.

  • Boreal

    ‘because money is running out.’

    How could that have happened? Oh right tax cuts for people who already have more money than they’ll ever need.

    • Joe in PA

      As we’ve all predicted, this is just the start of that “because money is running out” trope. I just finished reading an article in our local paper…they interviewed folks that started getting “raises”. Singing Trump’s praises. FFS. Oh, and one was for $1.50 per week. Yup, that’s all it takes to buy a voter in PA.

      • GayOldLady

        I believe the average paycheck increase will be about $30 a month.

        • Joe in PA

          I know. The article also mentioned that Mnuchin called “ridiculous” the fact that many might be ‘under withheld”. Too bad the 2018 elections come before April 15th next year. 🙁

        • John30013

          For low wage employees, $30/month *is* helpful. It’s an extra bag of groceries, or a tank of gas.

          Still, they’ll pay in other, less obvious ways, in the form of fewer services, cuts to school funding, after school programs, community programs, and the like.

          I just hope people see this for the paultry bribe it is….

          • Charles Nelson

            Wait until they find that all of those new Trump Infrastructure projects are going to be ‘tolled’.

      • GayOldLady

        Of course if you work for Wal Mart you got a $1000 bonus, IF you had 20 or more years of service. That’s $50 or less for every year of service. And it’s a one time bonus.

      • Boreal

        Wait until their health insurance premiums go up by $100 a month or more.

        • Yet Another Alex

          But you know that they’ll just blame Obama and Hillary.

      • The change is in withholding more than taxes. People are getting more in their checks, but many are going to owe next spring for 2018 taxes.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      They may not need more, but what if they want more ?
      Why do you hate trillionaire worthless scum ?

    • Gustav2

      The Treasury Dept is issuing new bonds for the predicted deficit.

  • Acronym Jim

    “Four years after the United States pledged to help the world fight infectious-disease epidemics such as Ebola…”

    There is your answer right there. It has nothing to do with cost-cutting or any other bullshit they try to throw your way, it has to do with undoing every fucking worthwhile thing Obama did during his term in office.

    • It Takes a Village, People

      Correct. Plus…where did Ebola originate and what place does it impact most? That’s your answer. #TRUMPISHITLER

      • The_Wretched

        Ebola wouldn’t have stayed in ‘just’ one African region absent the work of the CDC and others.

  • DaddyRay

    What could possibly go wrong

    • Karl Dubhe

      I dunno, man.

      Here, hold my beer.

  • Tom Furgas

    I’m sure there are more than a few “shithole” countries on that list.

  • canoebum

    This is America giving up its leadership role in the world. Who possibly could be standing by to take our place, I wonder?

    • DaddyRay

      Da

    • Bambino

      This is America turning into a third world country. Putin succeeded in deconstructing once the most powerful nation in the world.

      • BobSF_94117

        We’re not going to be third-world. We’re going to be a resource country, shipping grain abroad. That’s about it.

        • We’re going to be about as third world as we were pre-WW2. Ever been to Mississippi. It’s already pretty third worldesque there as it is.

        • William

          I’ve always wanted to be a farm hand.

        • Charles Nelson

          Don’t forget those shipments of metal ore coming from the cancelled national monuments!

    • GeneInSJ

      My same thoughts. China and Russia are ready.

  • DaddyRay

    Are we tired of Winning yet?

  • Bambino

    You know all it takes is some deathly virus to resurface on the state side before all hell break loose. Wealthy or not just about everyone will be vulnerable. Even brilliant scientists would need time to seek for a cure.

    • William

      There’s no telling what is lurking under all that Arctic permafrost that turns out, isn’t so permanently frosted.

    • -M-

      There you go with your facts an’ logic, talking about planning ahead an’ being prepared.

      Louise Linton needs a new set of Hermes scarves and matching diamond broaches and you selfishly want to spend public money on protecting the country.

  • Leo
    • Sam_Handwich

      it’s all so tedious

      • GayOldLady

        You know Trump spells “tedious”, “tittyous”, right?

        • Joe in PA

          GOL…really? I have to counter that thought … hmmm … what should I use to do that…oh right…my new BF. 🙂

          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1ef6d414056e59297db716c26cefcb6edb8e3ca1d9a65596d0a80cb51ca7bc55.png

          • GayOldLady

            That’s a handsome fantasy.

          • GayOldLady

            We’re off to surgery center. Surgery scheduled for 11. Talk to y’all later.

          • Joe in PA

            Good luck to wife! You too!.

          • GayOldLady

            Thank you. I’ll let y’all know how she’s doing later on today. This morning she said “Do you think they’ll release the memo while I’m in surgery”. I said “probably, but don’t worry about it, I’ll bitch enough for both of us”. She got a kick out of that. Everyone have a good day! Peace!

          • Menergy

            powerful positive energy sent your and your wife’s way! 🙂 (I am believing more in that all the time……)

          • GayOldLady

            Thank you for the positive energy. She’s doing well after her surgery and so am I. Have a great weekend!

          • William

            Christopher, take me away!

          • Menergy

            we can all squeeze in, I’m sure……:)

          • Menergy

            be still, my heart!

      • greenmanTN

        Fuckwits on Ice, get your tickets now!

    • The_Wretched

      At this point, it’s in accurate to compare trump to ralph wiggum. At least Ralph is kind.

  • It Takes a Village, People

    Isn’t this a national security issue?

    • BobSF_94117

      Yes. So what (apparently)?

  • AdamTh

    I have a family member that’s a Trump-er. You have a better chance of reasoning with a 4 y/o kid….

    • Bluto

      Don’t even bother. You’re not the dumbfuck whisperer.

    • Michael White

      Ask them what major initiative the GOP has implemented in the USA in the last 40 years. Trick question: nothing.

      • AdamTh

        Nothing, except voter suppression. Don’t even think about discussing that w/a Trump-er…

      • M Jackson

        Answer: All those things President Obama did.

      • Charles Nelson

        Well…the $20,000 Air Force toilet seat did go up to $30,000!

    • Joe in PA

      Ain’t that the truth. A FB friend posts articles about Trump, a Trumper always comments with the most ridiculous ‘counter arguments”, It is just astounding to me that people can be so blind.

      • prixator

        Or stupid. Or greedy. Or mean.

    • Raising_Rlyeh

      Sperm donor went more conservative around requirement, but now he’s gone fucking insane. Reading info wars every day.

  • Leo
    • It Takes a Village, People

      Well of course he is.

    • Sam_Handwich

      this isn’t how innocent people act

    • DaddyRay

      Carter Page attracted the attention of the FBI in 2013 when a Russian spy tried to recruit him -Three years before the Dossier was released.
      But hey, why let facts get in the way

      • Sam_Handwich

        and an Australian diplomat overheard a drunken Papadopoulos crowing about Russia having “political dirt” on Hillary, and reported it to US intel

      • William

        Tried? They did recruit him.

  • Bluto

    Slightly OT: federal clean energy research is also being cut 72%. Makes sense since cheeto won the war on beautiful clean coal.

    • TexasBoy

      I wonder how heavily invested Trump Inc. is in energy stocks? I’m sure his Tax Return will tell us, after all, he has nothing to hide…oh…wait…

    • GeneInSJ

      And solar companies will be forced to spend more $$ on imported Chinese solar panels, thus hurting that industry more. This is bad…

  • TexasBoy

    In a world with no global disease containment effort and almost instant air travel, the end is nearer than you think.

    • easier for deadly diseases to cross into all nations than immigrants. Too bad the money that will be allocated for Trump’s wall can’t be used for something that would save lives.

    • jimbo65

      Yeah it feels like these idiots have made a pact with the evangelicals to hasten the apocalypse.

    • We’ve been dodging a bullet for 100 years now. Imagine the post-WW1 flu pandemic today? This year has been particularly bad but it’s not as bad as it could get. Cut the CDC in the middle of this? I get that they hate government. What I don’t get is why they hate themselves.

      • TexasBoy

        Well, apparently the CDC under Trump would simply stop all foreign travel at the first sign of trouble, no exceptions Let’s hope he is out of the country at the time.

        • William

          Is there a golf resort on the Ebola River?

      • Menergy

        “pick up another pack of cigarettes for me, will ya? ” (recently resigned head of CDC……)

  • Leo
    • DaddyRay

      Meanwhile, while we are all distracted – the US is getting sold out from under our feet

      • customartist

        And there were fools who actually believed that Trump would suddenly become benevolent toward the people, as opposed to continuing to be the 70 year sociopath that he is. What utter fools.

    • BobSF_94117

      The article fails to report whether the new process and status are any different than they were before Trump. Even Reuters is failing to commit journalism anymore. Sigh.

  • johncAtl

    I looked on Google maps to see how big the CDC headquarters campus is in Atlanta. It’s huge and there’s a second campus a short distance away. What caught my eye is the building in the image. That’s some serious mechanical work on the top of that building. I only live a few miles from there so I don’t want to think about what is kept in that building.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3d8b0c9a8b548994cfbf840f92712b3e7225ea4fa8ba5f733fa473fc3d145651.png

    • Treant

      Vial one: Super Smallpox. Vial two: Captain Trips. And that’s just the low-security section.

  • Renfield

    Well, now that the orange dingleberry is running things, diseases will take care of themselves.

    • Silver Badger

      And us too. Talk about multitasking!

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Right, because epidemics only affects ” those people “.
    Good job MAGAts

    • The_Wretched

      The top class thinks they can live apart in big estates and never have to worry.

      • thatotherjean

        “Masque of the Red Death” comes to mind.

        • The_Wretched

          ot, your gravitar in mini looks like a guy lying on his back grabbing his winky to me.

          • thatotherjean

            It does? It’s actually my cat, lying on his side, on top of a folded quilt!

          • The_Wretched

            Sometimes we see what we want to see.

  • greenmanTN

    I’m starting to think there’s an end-game going on here, that they’re hoping to kill off populations from the “shithole” countries, eugenics by proxy.

    • Silver Badger

      My conspiracy documenter (preferred over nut by 97 % of conspiracy nuts) friend is seeing many of his beliefs validated by the Republican party he worships. Evidently, population reduction has long been a goal of the new world order. Too many “eaters” it seems.

      • greenmanTN

        Oh, they are big on reproduction, but only by the “right” people.

        • Jean-Marc in Canada

          Honey, you misspelled “white”

  • Paula

    I am so glad that they did this. The viruses will know to stay in their own countries and not enter the U.S. They never cross borders by themselves. / s

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Thing is, I can see Trump et al actually believing that’s how it works…for real. smh

  • -M-

    More of the Republican policy of deliberate negligence.

  • So the party that thought that we should fight terrorism abroad so we don’t have to fight it at home, doesn’t realize that’s exactly what we should be doing with infectious diseases? Yes, we fight Ebola over there so that it gets stopped and never winds up here. Or any other disease. We need the CDC. A bigger CDC, not a smaller one. Idiots.

    • customartist

      Their justification was a false one. They simply wanted to promote Arms Profiteering. They were not, and never are, concerned with the overall well-being of people.

  • TexasBoy
  • Halou

    Running out of money?
    Says the government that not long ago passed a tax cut on the richest among themselves. The money exists but greed is preventing it from being shared.

  • Tomcat

    Somehow this just does not feel like WINNING.

  • Will Kohler

    “That wasn’t any act of God. That was an act of pure human fuckery.” ― Stephen King, The Stand

  • People4Humanity

    Robert F Kennedy, Jr for CDC Director:

    http://bolenreport.com/robert-f-kennedy-jr-new-cdc-director/

  • David Kerlick

    It’s what Republicans do – in order to give $38 B in tax cuts to the Koch heirs.

  • William

    Who’s ready for some Ebola?

  • customartist

    Well, at least we were able to BORROW $1.5 Trillion on the backs of our grandchildren for the further enrichment of the already rich. At least there is that.

  • Keith D Plane

    Read something yesterday about the government is going to run out of money quicker than they thought. Why? because The Treasury is not pulling in enough money because of the tax cuts.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      …and is expending far too much on useless military spending.

  • Ninja0980

    Get ready for more diseases, yay!

  • TexasBoy

    Next Up: Trump eliminates CDC, replaces it with thoughts and prayers.

  • ted-

    And this is how a zombie apocalypse begins…

  • TexasBoy
    • William

      Please, it’s a disintegration booth.

      • TexasBoy

        Well, yes, but it is to be renamed the Trump Economical Societal Plague Cleanser Thingy.

        • JCF

          Or, “Medicaid Block Grant”.

  • ETownCanuck

    Well, I suppose we are long overdue for a nice cleansing plague….Trump is gonna bring all the best diseases back…only the best….the pandemic will be be YUGE!

    • TexasBoy

      It will be the bigliest, bestest plague ever!

      • McSwagg

        It will be known in the future as the Orange Death.

  • JWC

    Downsizing its not not America first its America only

  • ColdCountry

    Back in ’94 a book came out: The Coming Plague, Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance by Laurie Garrett. It can be a bit dry in places, but it was, and still is, so relevant. It’s still widely available, and I highly recommend it.

    We are shooting ourselves in the foot with these cutbacks. All of us. Those who want this, and those who allow it. Have all older generations despaired for the future the way I am doing?

    This is the NYT review at the time:
    http://www.nytimes.com/1994/11/09/books/books-of-the-times-a-frightening-portrait-of-a-threat-to-the-species.html

    • thatotherjean

      Have all older generations despaired for the future the way I am doing?

      Horrifyingly, some of them are still cheering for Trump. A lot of the rest of us are pretty close to despair, yes–mostly because there seems no way out of the mess, even with Mueller’s team, since our government isn’t readily able to eliminate so much corruption in its ranks.

  • ColdCountry

    OT, because I need a pickmeup:

    I was looking at some old newspapers at work the other night, and came across this article about a high school senior and his story about how he found his way out of the dark to become an out and proud gay who is helping other kids. His way out, the thing that has given him courage, pride, and fabulousness? Drag. But what really got to me not only that this is a lengthy, positive article, but it was on the front page of the state’s largest paper. So nice to be reminded of how far we have progressed, especially in the face of this administration. It will not set us back!

    https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/29/that-moment-jittery-yet-joyful-teen-ager-enters-new-stage-in-life-of-a-drag-princess/

  • GanymedeRenard

    More to the military and the rich, less to the arts and healthcare. What a wonderful sense of priorities! / s

  • Richard

    When you have
    massive tax cuts for the wealthiest of the wealthy in this country and expect
    everything else to be on the backs of the working people of this country,
    there’s just not going to be enough money to go around. The Dotard conned 62,979,879 Americans to
    vote for him, we haven’t begun to suffer.

  • Marides48

    What goes around comes around…cough cough…

    We’re not an island.

  • JCF

    “Better that the shitholes die, and reduce the surplus population!”

    Every day, Drumpf tests two of my DEEPEST beliefs: 1) my commitment to nonviolence, 2) universal salvation.

  • thatotherjean

    We need to get these damn fools out of government. If they want the US population to be safe, one of the best ways is to make sure that catastrophic, contagious diseases stay where they started, and do not spread to the United States–which, thanks to things like air travel, they can do in a matter of hours.

    • Ann Kah

      But…but…but we cut your taxes!

  • KnownDonorDad

    The GOP war on science continues apace.

  • LesbianTippingHabits


    That’s OK. Bernie or bust.

    • Ann Kah

      Well, we’re dealing with “bust”. Anyone with an ultimatum must be prepared to have to deal with the “or else”.

      • LesbianTippingHabits


        You are quite correct.

        Be careful what you wish for; you might get it.

        Be careful what you complain about; people might listen.

        Sad !