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CDC Award $184 Million for Zika Fight

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By    |   Thursday, 22 Dec 2016 01:20 PM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are sending $184 million in funding to U.S. states and territories to fight the Zika virus.

The funding is part of the $350 million in federal funding provided to CDC under the Zika Response and Preparedness Appropriations Act of 2016.

“Zika continues to be a threat to pregnant women,” said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden. “States, territories, and communities need this CDC funding to fight Zika and protect the next generation of Americans," he adds.

The virus is considered particularly dangerous because it increases the possibility of serious brain damage in babies born to Zika-infected mothers.

The funding will go for the following programs:

  • Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Zika Response Activities: $25 million dollars will go to 21 jurisdictions at greatest risk of Zika infections in their communities. These funds will be used to rapidly identify and investigate a possible outbreak of Zika virus in their communities; coordinate a comprehensive response across all levels of government and nongovernmental partners (including the healthcare sector); and identify and connect families affected by Zika to community services.
  • Nearly $97 million to 58 state, territorial, city, and local public health departments through the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases (ELC) Cooperative Agreement. This includes $22 million in emergency funds awarded to Florida and Texas earlier this fiscal year, both which have been dealing with homegrown Zika transmission.
  • Zika Birth Defects Surveillance Activities: More than eight million will go to 38 states, territorial, and local jurisdictions to establish, enhance, and maintain information-gathering systems to rapidly detect microcephaly–a serious birth defect of the brain–and other adverse outcomes potentially related to Zika virus infection during pregnancy.
  • Vector-Borne Disease Regional Centers of Excellence: CDC is awarding nearly $40 million to four universities to establish centers that can help effectively address emerging and exotic vector-borne diseases in the United States, like Zika.
  • Vector Control Unit in Puerto Rico: The Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust (ST&R Trust) will receive $14 million the first vector control unit (VCU) in Puerto Rico, which CDC helped establish.

 

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