This Sep. 9, 2005, photo provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows the then newly constructed 11-story Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory located at the CDC's Roybal campus in Atlanta. Thirteen years after building the state-of-the-art lab for the world’s most dangerous germs, the nation's top public health agency is asking for more than $400 million to build a new one. CDC is asking Congress for the money. Its officials say the current lab building in Atlanta is quickly wearing down, and cannot be upgraded without shutting down the facility for years. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention via AP)

CDC seeking $400 million to replace lab for deadliest germs

February 23, 2018 - 2:18 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's top public health agency is asking for more than $400 million to build a new state-of-the-art lab for the world's most dangerous germs.

The new lab would replace one that was built 13 years ago at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

CDC officials say that lab is quickly wearing down and cannot be upgraded without shutting down the facility for years. The lab investigates deadly and exotic germs like Ebola, smallpox and dangerous new forms of flu.

The agency disclosed its plans for a new lab on Friday.

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