CDC to reduce global outbreak prevention efforts by 80%: 4 things to know

The CDC plans to reduce epidemic prevention efforts in 39 of the 49 previously prioritized nations, according to a Thursday report from The Washington Post.

Here are four things to know.

1. The CDC began informing staffers abroad of the plan to downsize epidemic prevention activities two weeks ago amid funding concerns, as first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

2. An unnamed government official told the Post the decision to downsize comes as officials anticipate the Trump administration will provide "no new resources" to continue the global prevention efforts.

3. The global epidemic prevention efforts have largely been funded by $600 million made available to the agency in 2014 to fight the Ebola crisis. These funds are set to expire in September 2019.

4. As of October 2019, the CDC will focus its global epidemic prevention efforts on 10 nations: India, Thailand and Vietnam in Asia; Jordan in the Middle East; Kenya, Uganda, Liberia, Nigeria and Senegal in Africa; and Guatemala in Central America.

To read the full report from The Washington Post, click here.

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