Oct. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Texas, where the firstpeople in the United States were diagnosed with the deadly Ebolavirus, faces the biggest percentage loss of any state in federalfunds for fighting public health threats. The second-largest state will see aid decline 8.1 percent in2015 from this year to $34 million under funding awarded by theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention for the Public HealthEmergency Preparedness program, according to data compiled byBloomberg. Florida and North Carolina would have a 7.1 percent drop,while New York and New Jersey would lose more than 5 percent, thedata show. Rhode Island, the second-most densely populated stateafter New Jersey, would see the smallest state reduction, 1.9percent. “Based on the recent confirmed Ebola cases, funding should bea priority,” Zachary Thompson, director of Dallas County Health andHuman Services, said in a telephone interview. “We’re looking toCongress to increase funding.” Texas became the U.S. epicenter for Ebola cases after ThomasEric Duncan died from the disease at Texas Health PresbyterianHospital Dallas on Oct. 8. Two nurses involved in his caresubsequently tested positive for Ebola. Federal, state and local officials have stepped up theirresponse to people reporting Ebola-type symptoms. A woman whovomited in a Pentagon parking lot on Oct. 17 was taken to ahospital and isolated from other patients until officialsdetermined she didn’t have Ebola. Several lawmakers have called for hearings on the fundinglevels for programs dealing with public health hazards. “CDC’s program that supports our state and local public healthprofessionals who are working on the front lines to contain thiscurrent Ebola epidemic has been cut by 16 percent over the lastfour years after adjusting for inflation,” according to an Oct. 17letter signed by U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro, a Democrat, andfour other Democratic representatives.

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