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State gets CDC grant for epidemiology

By Staff reports
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The state Department of Health and Human Resources received more than $1 million in grant funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to survey and respond to infectious diseases, according to a DHHR spokeswoman. West Virginia received a total of $1,066,170 in annual funding this year as part of the Epidemiology and Laboratory Cooperative Agreement from the CDC. All states get funding from the agreement, although West Virginia was one of the first to receive money in 1995.In West Virginia, the grant supports microbiologists in labs, epidemiologists in various settings, health care for certain infections, foodborne illness, influenza and some diseases as well as information technology for the state's Office of Epidemiology and Prevention Services, said Allison Adler, communications director for DHHR, in an email to the Gazette.
The amount of grant money given to states fluctuates, Adler said.West Virginia received $1.2 million in the 2012-2013 budget year, but only $964,000 for the 2011-2012 year, she said.   
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