The Maryland Department of Health has been awarded a $1.8 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control to fight superbugs or antibiotic resistant bacteria.
The CDC set aside $200 million to help counties, U.S. territories, states and cities to prevent, detect, respond to and control the increasing threats posed by new and old infectious diseases.
The Maryland Department of Health regional laboratory serves multiple states, including Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, South Carolina, North Carolina, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania. The funding will be put towards the lab’s antimicrobial resistance research.
The laboratory will monitor for known bacterial changes in know threats and new and emerging threats, as well as perform molecular testing to detect the colonization of bacteria.
“More than 23,000 people in the United States die each year from infections caused by antibiotic resistance,” Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, CDC director, said in a statement. “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.”
Labs across the country generate data that helps to improve infection control in health care facilities and enable more effective and rapid responses to outbreaks, the CDC says.