The White House "eviscerated" testimony prepared for Centres for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr Julie Gerberding's appearance Tuesday before a Senate hearing on the impact of climate change on health, the Associated Press reports.
Six pages of details about specific diseases and other health problems that could flourish in a warmer climate were deleted from a draft of the testimony, which was obtained by the news agency Wednesday.
One CDC official familiar with the draft version said "it was eviscerated," the AP reported. The version delivered by Gerberding focused on the CDC's preparations to deal with the effects of climate change. She did tell the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee that climate change "is anticipated to have a broad range of impacts on the health of Americans."
The White House denied that it had "watered down" Gerberding's testimony. – (HealthDayNews)
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