Researchers at Cook County Health and Hospitals System and Rush University Medical Center are recipients of a $2 million federal grant to fight superbugs.

CHICAGO (AP) — Researchers at Cook County Health and Hospitals System and Rush University Medical Center are recipients of a $2 million federal grant to fight superbugs.

The Chicago project is one of five "prevention epicenters" funded by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Rush and Cook County were chosen because of their long collaboration and research on infection prevention in hospitalized patients.

The researchers are looking into better ways to lower patients’ risk of infection from drug-resistant superbugs like the staph germ MRSA.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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