- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Health Department is going to mark the opening of a new laboratory.

A ribbon cutting for the nearly 48,000-square-foot facility is planned for Wednesday in Colchester.

The new lab will replace the existing 33,000-square-foot lab in Burlington that was built in 1952 and was the oldest of its kind in the country. It isn’t big enough and the structure is outdated.

The new lab is connected to the University of Vermont Colchester Research Facility. That will allow the health department to work together with UVM faculty to investigate patterns of disease and do research that will improve public health.

The health department laboratory routinely performs a wide range of tests including rabies, flu, pertussis and drinking water contaminants and toxins.

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