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Unformatted text preview: human race," he said. Public Health – Internal Exts Budget cuts impede Public health official’s ability to stop outbreaks Calmes, Staff writer, December 22, 2011 (Jordan, NPR,; DKE) [Oregon's State Public Health Officer Mel Kohn, says federal funds made the quick response possible. The money supported both the epidemiologists who studied the case and the state lab that confirmed the source of the outbreak . And while Kohn is proud of how Oregon handled the strawberry incident, the findings of the ninth annual Ready or Not report worry him, he told reporters in a media briefing. The public health system's readiness for emergencies is at risk, he said . The sobering report was released earlier this week by the nonprofits Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which also provides funding to NPR. Their verdict? We're far better prepared for public health emergencie...
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