H1N1 flu shows Ala. lab's need for upgrade

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - State Health Officer Don Williamson says
the ongoing swine flu episode is highlighting Alabama's need for a
new state laboratory.

Workers at the 30-year-old lab on the campus of Auburn
University Montgomery found themselves reaching around one another
in the cramped space while working 16-hour days, six days a week
during the height of the flu emergency.

Williamson says the lab is outdated and needs upgrades to its
electrical, cooling and heating systems.

He said he's had some talks with legislators and Gov. Bob iley's administration about finding funding for the $30 million to 32 million project, which will take the department about three ears to complete.

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