- SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters
- US Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher said that the United States should
be "ashamed of the condition of the laboratories at the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.'' The labs are out-of-date and
poorly equipped, he said, "and these are laboratories that are relied
upon around the world.''
- Satcher, who held an impromptu press briefing at the
American Medical Association House of Delegates meeting here, said
laboratories had no power for 15 hours during the early days" of the
anthrax bioterrrorism attacks.
- Satcher, who previously served as director of the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said the whole US public health
system needs an infusion of cash. "I support the proposal by Senators
Frist and Kennedy to boost the public budget by $3.2 billion.'' The
Bush administration is asking for an increase of $1.5 billion.
- Beyond problems at CDC headquarters, Satcher said that
all public health labs--state and local--need to be re-tooled and updated.
"There are local public health labs that don't have fax machines,
that have no computers so they cannot receive e-mail updates," he
- Moreover, Satcher said, "We need to train more
It's my understanding that there are 10 states that have no trained
in their health departments."
- Satcher, who is a member of the AMA House of Delegates,
was a featured speaker during a session on bioterrorism.
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