Centers for Disease Control establishing field station in Hawaii

HONOLULU (KHNL) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Services is establishing a field station here in Hawaii informally called "CDC West".

Dr. Jerris Hedges, Dean of the John A. Burns School of medicine noted that CDC senior management official Bill Gallo who arrived in May has been working full time to get the new office up and running.

"This is an exciting time for us as we work together to strengthen the CDC'S efforts to combat infectious diseases and other public health threats in Hawaii and the Pacific," said Dr.Hedges.

Gallo will be working closely with the CDC and Dr. Guane Gubler, of the medical school.

Dr.Gubler is head of the Asia-Pacific Institute of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases. One of the main objectives of their partnership is to address all of the complex health related issues involving bio terrorism, infectious diseases and natural disaster.

Tuesday afternoon the Director of the CDC, Dr. Julie Gerberding met with Dr. Hedges at the medical school's Kaka'ako campus to discuss the growing partnership between the medical school, the State of Hawaii and the CDC.

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