The investigation of a salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 270 people in 18 states has been severely hampered by the federal government shutdown, the latest example of how the safety and health of Americans are being threatened by partisan squabbling on Capitol Hill. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) limited staff is already monitoring more than 30 other outbreaks, but with much of its staff furloughed, the agency has had to cease monitoring for some foodborne pathogens, such as shigella and campylobacter, while slowing the pace on active investigations. Dr. Christopher Braden, director of the ... Read More
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