JACKSON, MS (AP) - The new Mississippi Department of Health laboratory will be named for longtime state health officer Dr. Ed Thompson, who died in December after a long battle with cancer.
Gov. Haley Barbour signed the bill Tuesday.
Thompson served as state health officer from 1993 to 2002 and was named interim state health officer in July 2007. He was later reappointed to the permanent position in December 2007. Thompson also served as state epidemiologist from 1983 to 1993.
The new $25 million laboratory will be 60,000 square feet, twice the size of the current lab, built more than 50 years ago.
Construction of the Dr. F.E. "Ed" Thompson Jr. State Public Health Laboratory is scheduled for completion in the fall.
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