SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016

CDC awards $75.8 million to states to fight disease threats

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced an award on Tuesday of approximately $75.8 million to help states and communities improve core epidemiology and laboratory capacity for disease response.

The funding, which was distributed through the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases Cooperative Agreement, will provide funding to all 50 state health departments, eight territories or U.S. affiliates and six local health departments. The funding will pay for more than 1,000 full- and part-time positions, in addition to tools to more effectively respond to outbreaks, conduct surveillance and prevent illnesses and deaths.

"CDC funding provided through the ELC platform is essential to strengthening national infectious disease infrastructure," Beth Bell, M.D., the director of the CDC's National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, said. "With many infectious diseases first identified at the local level, this funding ensures that state health departments are able to effectively prevent, detect and respond to such public health threats."

The funding is meant to support surveillance, detection and response efforts in multiple infectious disease areas, including food borne diseases, vector-borne diseases, zoonotic diseases, influenza and healthcare-associated infections. The ELC also gives health departments the resources they need to quickly identify and respond to outbreaks such as Middle East respiratory syndrome, monkeypox and severe acute respiratory syndrome.