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7. Members of the Department of Disease Control are concerned that overcrowding and unsanitary conditions in homeless shelters will render the homeless susceptible to diseases such as tuberculosis, which could easily spread through the general population and reach epidemic proportions if the shelter situation is not rectified. Several days before the Department of Disease Control voiced this concern, homeless advocacy groups explored the link between substandard conditions in shelters and public health risk in a lobby for funding to improve the conditions in shelters.
Which of the following, if true, offers the best explanation of why the homeless advocacy groups raised the issue of the connection between poor shelter conditions and possible epidemics?

a. Private charities provide much of the financing for the upkeep of homeless shelters.

b. The Department of Disease Control does not consider itself responsible for improving conditions for the homeless.

c. The homeless advocacy groups were unable to obtain significant funding for improved homeless shelters for reasons other than a possible public health threat.

d. Certain strains of tuberculosis respond well to antibiotics, and can therefore be controlled quite effectively.

e. The federal government has established several programs to finance the construction of new homeless shelters, providing the homeless with cleaner, less crowded living conditions.

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