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Thanks to That Salmonella Outbreak, CDC Staff Gets to Go Back to Work

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Well that was quick. Seemingly hours after officials issued a health warning about a multi-state salmonella outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) called nearly all of its food monitoring staff back in to work.

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"Earlier in the shutdown we had only one person on Pulsenet (the foodborne illness network)," Barbara Reynolds, the CDC's public affairs director, told CBS News. "But we're now bringing in almost a full staff to monitor the salmonella outbreak and 30 others." Of course, if the government hadn't furloughed all but one of the scientists whose job it is (in part) to keep outbreaks like this from happening then the nearly 300 people nationwide with salmonella poisoning would be having a much better week. Thanks Congress.

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