The University of Rochester Medical Center’s Emerging Infections Program is in line for up to $9 million in federal money, URMC officials said Tuesday.
The federal money comes under a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funding stream marked to go to the New York State Emerging Infections Program over the next five years.
Based at the medical center’s Center for Community Health, the program is partnered with the state Department of Health and is part of a national CDC network intended to be an early warning system of infectious diseases such as influenza and Clostridium difficile, a bacterial infection that often lurks in hospitals. Commonly known as C-diff, it can cause fatal attacks of diarrhea.
The New York EIP at URMC is one of 10 in the United States. It contributes infectious disease data from the Rochester region and several Albany-area counties to the CDC’s national infectious disease database.
“Most of what we know about the burden of infectious disease in the U.S. comes from the research conducted in this network,” said Nancy Bennett M.D., director of the URMC community health center and a co-principal investigator of the New York EIP.
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