"The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be sending a team of specialists to Los Angeles next month to investigate the causes and spread of the often lethal lung infection, spokeswoman Salina Cranor said.
Tuberculosis is a highly contagious disease spread by airborne contact such as coughing, sneezing and spitting. It is often seen in environments where people live in crowded quarters, such as in prisons and homeless shelters.
It has long been a problem in Skid Row, a 50-square-block area that houses the nation's densest concentration of homeless people. About 1,000 people sleep on sidewalks nightly, and several thousand more seek refuge in four shelters."
Boy, the CDC is really dropping everything and rushing out there to investigate.
The nation's top disease detective says impending budget cuts will make it harder to solve outbreaks, fight hospital infections and keep illnesses overseas from making their way here.
"Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says his agency will lose more than $300 million at a time when public health already is struggling to keep up with new germs.
In Frieden's words, "Our threats aren't getting cut but our ability to respond to them is."
One example: Frieden says the cuts could constrain his agency's investigation of a worrisome tuberculosis outbreak in Los Angeles. Another example: CDC would have to cut funding for state and local health departments, impairing their ability to spot early warning signs of outbreaks."
Kind of speaks to the key question.....what are some fundamental roles of "big government."