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$16 Million Heading to States to Fight Zika

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By    |   Tuesday, 02 Aug 2016 03:08 PM

The government is releasing $16 million in stopgap funding to U.S. states and territories to help them fight the Zika virus,  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today.

The funds will go to 40 states and territories to establish, enhance, and maintain information-gathering systems to rapidly detect microcephaly–a serious birth defect of the brain–and other adverse outcomes caused by the mosquito-borne virus, the CDC says.

The funding comes as U.S. health officials grapple with the first local outbreak of the disease in the nation. There are now 14 confirmed cases of the disease spread by local mosquitos located in a one-mile area of Miami known as Wynwood, Florida's governor has confirmed.

“It is critical to identify infants with birth defects related to Zika virus so we can support them and their families,” says CDC Director Tom Frieden. “This CDC funding provides real-time data about the Zika epidemic as it unfolds in the United States and territories and will help those most devastated by this virus,” he added.

The funding will also help states and territories ensure that infants and their families are referred to appropriate health and social services. Finally, the awards will enable states and territories to monitor the health and developmental outcomes of children affected by Zika, Frieden added.

These funds are in addition to $25 million awarded on July 1 as part of CDC’s preparedness and response funding to areas at risk for outbreaks of Zika. 

The funding is a stopgap measure to help fight the virus in the wake of a stalled spending bill in Congress that contains a provision for $1.1 billion to deal with the spread of Zika, the CDC said.
 

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