CDC disease investigations put on hold during government shutdown

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WASHINGTON – Most people know the government shutdown means all national parks and monuments are closed for business but the shutdown could also affect your health.

The Centers for Disease Control has sent 68 percent of its employees home.

Any investigations of major outbreaks of disease across multiple state lines will not happen during the shutdown; those investigations will be up to the state health departments.

The CDC’s seasonal flu program is also on hold, just as the season is beginning.

Programs funded through the federal health care law are not affected, which includes the fight against childhood obesity and global aids.