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The United States centers for disease control and prevention is set to grant $2.2 million to University of Iowa hospitals over the next 3 years. That money will fund a new epicenter where researchers will work to prevent deadly pathogens like Ebola, C. diff and MRSA.

“They were very interested in taking what hospitals had learned preparing for Ebola, and continuing with that planning,” UI School of Medicine professor Loreen Herwaldt said. “but also trying to expand what we've learned into preventing the spread of usual infections that we see in hospitals.”

The U of I center is one of 6 new prevention epicenters that will join the 5 existing CDC-funded epicenters making efforts to find new ways to protect patients and workers from dangerous germs.

UIHC also has plans to collaborate with the other hospitals that are involved around the country.

“At this point we have not started meeting as epicenters so we don't know what the collaborative projects will be,” Herwaldt said. “but we do know that we will be collaborating with epicenters in the future.”

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