3 3 The other big story we're following ... Day 10 of the partial government shutdown... and more may be at risk than just your finances. With flu season around the corner, doctors are issuing a nationwide health alert. 3 The warning comes from doctors at Mayo Clinic. They say, as the stalemate in Washington continues, thousands of workers with the Centers for Disease Control will stay at home... And that could have an effect on how quickly sicknesses spread... especially the flu. Looking live over the White House where President Obama and GOP leaders are meeting right now. While there may be talks of a deal to raise the debt ceiling, the future of our federal government reopening, is still in question. And the peak of the flu season is just a month or so away. Channel 4's Vic Micolucci spoke to local experts about the consequences of not having a fully- operational CDC 3 3 00-06 10-14 1:19-1:28 1:37- 1:42 Whether you like it or not...Flu season is coming...and some say the Government shutdown could be making you sick...literally... 00:39;13 - There are an endless number of infectious disease threats that we often say are an airplane ride away from us. Who is going to monitor that Over this time period? Doctor Gregory Poland with the Mayo Clinic is one of the experts sounding the alarm about the effects of the government furloughs on the CDC... Thanks to the stalemate, nearly 9-thousand employees are off the job...and disease detectives that look for trends and fast- spreading illnesses...like the flu... are no longer keeping an eye on things.00:06;19 - "Globally and Nationally and they are the only entity in the USA that track these things nationally. Now you have weeks maybe two weeks who knows how long."The center's director showed his frustrations in a tweet...writing - "CDC had to furlough 8,754 people. They protected you yesterday, can't tomorrow.Microbes/other threats didn't shut down. We are less safe." Doctor John Trainer is a family practice doctor with Baptist...and is considered to be on the front lines with illnesses. He says the data the CDC usually provides is important ...06:43:12;56 "Somewhere there is an inbox a fax machine that is gathering reports from around the nation. There is not an appropriate scientist to synthesize that data , share it appropriately. We are missing an opportunity."06:47:53;33 And Dr.Trainer says that the CDC furlough means that people at his office as well as those at the local and state health departments now have to work harder to pick up the slack. 06:40:45;05 "My contacts with county health aren't seeing epidemic levels of flu here, but it could be a missed opportunity to stop something in the bud."