The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded public health agencies a total of $49.2 million in grants for a number of initiatives to fight infectious diseases, including increasing capacity of agencies' health information systems.

Partly funded under the Affordable Care Act, the grant funding is double 2010's awards for the same program. Grants went to every state, some territories and major cities such as Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia.

The grants will target efforts to increase epidemiology, laboratory and I.T. capacity ($39.6 million), prevent healthcare-associated infections ($9 million), and strengthen immunization programs ($600,000). A list of grantees is available here.


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