Gov. Perry Tours Galveston National Laboratory
A day after announcing the creation of a new task force aimed at combatting infectious disease, Gov. Rick Perry today toured the Galveston National Laboratory at The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston. On the tour, the governor received an overview of the work the lab is conducting to better understand and respond to pandemic disease. The facility is one of two National Biocontainment Laboratories in the United States and studies infectious diseases such as Ebola.
“Texas is fortunate to have dedicated and talented researchers such as those here in Galveston,” Gov. Perry said. “Cutting-edge facilities like this are where theory becomes reality, where therapies are tested and where vaccines are found. I’m very proud that two members of the UTMB Galveston community have agreed to serve on the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response, and I look forward to their contributions to this effort.”
Dr. James LeDuc, Ph.D and Dr. Thomas Ksiazek, both of UTMB Galveston, are members of the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response.
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The Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response will assess and enhance Texas’ existing capabilities to prepare for and respond to pandemic disease. The task force will also provide expert, evidence-based assessments, protocols and recommendations related to the current Ebola response, and develop a strategic emergency management plan for incident command teams and their partners at the state and local levels of government.