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Effects of government shutdown spread to CDC

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As the government shutdown slows federal agencies down, flu season is just ramping up.

The timing is problematic, federal health officials say. While flu shots will still be available at local health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has ceased monitoring flu outbreaks and keeping tabs on unfamiliar strains of the illness.

More than 8,700 of the CDC's employees — about two-thirds of the entire staff — have been furloughed, meaning that efforts to conduct surveillance of the upcoming flu season and other infectious diseases were abruptly suspended last week.

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