FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 27, 2008
Schumer Announces Key Senate Panel Approves $750,000 for Westchester County Department of Labs And Research For Rapid Detection Of Infectious Diseases
Funding Would Create a Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory to Study Infection and Disease Control Schumer Worked Closely With Senate Committee to Include Funding In FY2009 Spending Bill Bill will now be sent to the Senate Floor
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the full Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies FY09 Appropriations Bill which includes $750,000 for
"This is terrific news for
The federal funding will support the Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory at the County's Department of Labs & Research and their work on the rapid detection of infectious agents causing serious diseases such as Avian Flu, SARS, TB, Monkey Pox and the agents of bioterrorism. Such a facility will be used to diagnose other infectious agents that are difficult to grow in cultures, such as agents of Whooping Cough, Herpes in CSF, EBV, HIV and some Enteroviruses.
Now that the bill has been approved by the full Senate Appropriations Committee, it will be sent to the Senate floor. Following approval by the Senate, the bill will move towards Conference with the House and then to the President for signature.