FARMINGTON -- Disease surveillance reporting capabilities, which could have assisted the Davis County Health Department in 2007 to track statewide cryptosporidium cases had the reporting been available, has been given a one-year extension.
On Tuesday, the Davis County Commission adopted an amendment with the Utah Department of Health, Salt Lake Valley Health and Davis County Health, to extend the "Center of Excellence" capabilities through Aug. 31, 2012.
The extension comes in the form of the county health department receiving a $5,000 grant from the Centers For Disease Control.
The Center of Excellence is a collaboration of the University of Utah, state health department and local health agencies, designed to compile and standardize epidemiology and disease surveillance reporting statewide, Davis County Health Director Lewis R. Garrett said.
The intent is to share health information, a capability that could have been used -- had it then been available -- to identify the spread of the state's crptosporidium cases, health officials said.
The cryptosporidium outbreak through public health policy mandates caused public pools to close until operators could change the filtering system on their pools.
Cryptosporidium is caused by a germ found in Utah rivers and streams that can be spread by swallowing, breathing in or coming in contact with the water in other ways.
The CDC grant accepted by the commission allows the funds to be used to help offset the salaries of county health personnel called on to spend extra time attending the Center of Excellence collaboration meetings, officials said.
"It is kind of technical stuff," Garrett said summing up the details of the agreement.