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CDC awards food safety funds to state and local health departments

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By Joe Whitworth+



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded more than $200m to help prevent, detect, respond to and control threats posed by emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.

It is awarding about $32m to states and cities to improve program integration and enhance ability to detect, investigate and report foodborne, waterborne and fungal disease outbreaks.

A total of $6m will go to training state and local public health workers to prepare for, detect and respond to outbreaks of foodborne infections and improve surveillance through PulseNet.

Every state public health lab will work toward performing Whole Genome Sequencing on food and waterborne bacteria, including E. coli, Salmonella, Shigella and Campylobacter.

Funds include $77m to help state health departments fight local antibiotic resistance threats.

The grants come through CDC’s Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases Cooperative Agreement (ELC).

They will help states build capacity for Advanced Molecular Detection, a field that combines next-generation genomic sequencing with bioinformatics to quickly identify and respond to disease outbreaks.

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