No deal is in sight with the Congressional meltdown and subsequent government shutdown, but hundreds of thousands of workers are being forced to stay home as Washington continues to squabble.
“Instead of starting their day at the office, these furloughed workers are manning the picket lines,” reports CNN’s Rene Marsh.
“That means people who watch out for the safety of our eggs, produce and seafood, several hundred of them furloughed,” he says. “It does increase the risk of food-borne illness and some kind of an outbreak.
“Empty hallways at the Centers for Disease Control as well,” says Marsh.
C.D.C. Spokeswoman Barbara Reynolds is concerned for the center’s experts. “What is it that might be happening that we're just not going to catch as soon as we normally would?"
According to Reynolds, the C.D.C. can't support its annual flu program because of the shutdown, just as the season approaches.