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CDC, NIH affected by government shutdown

October 2, 2013

WASHINGTON — Federal health agencies are already feeling the adverse effects from the government shutdown, according to CBS News.

The shutdown will result in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) turning away patients who are hoping for care from its hospital of last resort, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has had to send home workers who study and track disease outbreaks and other health risks, the article stated.

"I usually don't lose sleep despite the threats that we face, but I am losing sleep because we don't know if we'll be able to find and stop things that might kill people," said CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden.

According to the article, two-thirds of the CDC's employees are not at work protecting Americans from health threats, which includes tracking outbreaks of diseases and hospital-acquired infections, foodborne illnesses and the 2013-2014 flu season.

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