- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center is getting a $1.3 million grant to study the rise of Hepatitis C infections in rural New Mexico.

New Mexico Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham Tuesday announced the funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Lujan Grisham says New Mexico is experiencing a disproportionate rise in infections, largely among young adults in rural areas. She says the research is crucial to developing long-term solutions for prevention, early detection and treatment.

With the money, UNM researchers will be working with the New Mexico Department of Health to study Hepatitis C infection and treatment services for New Mexico populations at the greatest risk of infection.

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