CDC funding to address infectious disease threats

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently awarded nearly $110 million to local communities and states to help them prevent and track infectious diseases.

The money ultimately will help the U.S. better respond to any potential infectious diseases. In order to do this, the CDC said it is crucial that each state is able to fight infectious disease outbreaks efficiently, which means creating better interventions that will protect the general health of the public. 

Allocated through the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases Cooperative Agreement (ELC), the funds are approximately $13 million more than what was available in fiscal year 2014. They will be used for foodborne-disease prevention, vaccine-preventable-disease surveillance, advanced molecular detection and other projects, as well as paying the salaries for approximately 1,500 epidemiologists.

“In the last year alone, states were hit with emerging diseases, like chikungunya and respiratory infections from enterovirus D-68, while also responding to outbreaks of measles, food-borne illness and other threats,” Dr. Beth P. Bell, director of CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, said. “These awards lay the foundation for those on the front lines – state and local health departments – to act quickly to prevent illness and deaths.”

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