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State Gets Funding to Prepare for Bioterrorism

State Gets Funding to Prepare for Bioterrorism

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The state has received a boost in federal funds to prepare for bioterrorism and disease outbreaks.

The Utah Department of Health got the federal grant in the amount of eight-and-a-half (M) million dollars. Nearly half of that will go to community health departments across the state.

Last year, the state received an eleven (M) million dollar grant from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The department has used the grants funds to:

-- hire epidemiologists,

-- create a new data system to track disease outbreaks,

-- modernize the department's public health lab,

-- create an emergency communication system, and

-- train health care workers.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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