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May 24th

GAO: Agencies Unprepared for Zika Outbreak

  • Government
  • Agency
  • Neuroscience

MedPage Today – Symptomatic of their recent responses to infectious disease outbreaks, federal agencies acted with "a reactive" approach yielding mixed success handling the Zika outbreak. So says a report released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) Tuesday to coincide with a House subcommittee hearing.

"Emerging infectious diseases have continued to garner global attention," according to a memorandum. "In each of the aforementioned cases, the GAO found that HHS was reactive in its response to outbreak prevention, preparedness, detection, and response."

"Once again, GAO has shown that we were not fully prepared at the outset of the outbreak," Chairman Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) said during the hearing of the Oversight and Investigations subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Read more at MedPage Today.