Delaware legislators announce funding for infectious diseases prevention

    Delaware legislators announced yesterday nearly $600,000 in funding to help the state’s Department of Health & Social Services further its research to combat infectious diseases.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded the state $594,300 partially funded by the Affordable Care Act, as Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons and Rep. John Carney detailed yesterday.

    Funding will be used to “improve the quality of health care and strengthen the public health infrastructure by providing resources to states’ epidemiology and laboratory work, detecting and preventing healthcare-associated infections, and supporting immunization programs.”

    The numbers break down like so:

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    $427,600 for epidemiology and laboratory capacity
    $66,700 for healthcare associated infections
    $100,000 from non-Affordable Care Act funds for epidemiology and laboratory capacity

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