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ATLANTA, Aug. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded more than $200 million through the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases (ELC) cooperative agreement to help states, cities, counties, and territories prevent, detect, respond to, and control the growing threats posed by emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. State programs are the foundation of the U.S. public health system and are integral to the nation's efforts to combat infectious disease threats. CDC and states work together to improve local surveillance, laboratory diagnostic capabilities, and outbreak response.
The CDC funds include $77 million to help state health departments fight local antibiotic resistance threats. CDC is investing in every state to combat antibiotic-resistant foodborne infections and infections in healthcare facilities and communities.
"More than 23,000 people in the United States die each year from infections caused by antibiotic resistance," said CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D. "CDC is committed to helping states and cities strengthen their ability to combat antibiotic resistance, and these funds will help state efforts to keep people safe."
In addition, CDC is enhancing the Antibiotic Resistance Laboratory Network (AR Lab Network) to sound the alarm when known and emerging antibiotic resistance threats are detected. Data generated by the AR Lab Network can help improve infection control in healthcare facilities and enable more rapid and effective responses to outbreaks.
New activities to combat antibiotic resistance in the U.S.
The 2017 funding enhances current AR Lab Network activities by:
The $77 million to combat antibiotic resistance will also be used to build on the successes of PulseNet, the national laboratory network that connects foodborne illness cases to detect outbreaks. Every state public health lab will work toward performing WGS on food and waterborne bacteria, including Salmonella, Shigella and Campylobacter.
All 50 states, six large cities and Puerto Rico will also continue to test for carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE)—the deadly germ resistant to nearly all antibiotics.
ELC funding also includes support for other infectious disease control activities
In addition to combatting antibiotic resistance, the ELC also provides resources for other infectious disease control activities, including supporting states' continued vigilance against Zika, which can cause microcephaly and other serious birth defects. In fiscal year 2017, CDC provided more than $300 million to state, local, and territorial health departments through the ELC program. Of these awards, $100.8 million were provided earlier in the fiscal year as part of a supplemental, one-time investment to fight Zika.
The remaining 2017 funding, a total of $124 million, goes to more than 40 projects, including:
The ELC program distributes resources to all 50 state health departments, six local health departments (Chicago, the District of Columbia, Houston, Los Angeles County, New York City, and Philadelphia), and eight territories or U.S. affiliates, including U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam.
For more information on the ELC Cooperative Agreement and a breakdown of state-specific funding: www.cdc.gov/elc.
For more information on CDC's Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative: https://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/index.html.
CDC works 24/7 protecting America's health, safety, and security. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are curable or preventable, chronic or acute, or from human activity or deliberate attack, CDC responds to America's most pressing health threats. CDC is headquartered in Atlanta and has experts located throughout the United States and the world.
Contact: CDC Media Relations
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