8/28/2013 8:46 AM
by Nadine Grimley
CHARLESTON - State health officials received more than a million dollars in grant money to survey and respond to infectious diseases.
The state Department of Health and Human Resources said the money was part of the Epidemiology and Laboratory Cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All states get money from the agreement, but West Virginia was the first to receive it in 1995.
The grant supported micribiologists in labs, epidemiologists, health care for certain infections, foodborne illness, influenza, and some diseases. It also supports information technology for the state's Office of Epidemiology and Prevention Services.