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$16 mil Grant to Fight Zika


Last updated 8/19/2016 at 9:13am

The California Department of Public Health awarded $16 million to states and territories to fight Zika.

Awards range from $200,000-$720,000, although the exact amount of California's award has not been disclosed, the news follows the announcement that two babies were born in California with Zika-related microcephaly from mothers who were infected with the virus outside the country.

Currently there is only one neighborhood in Miami in the continental US to have Zika cases caused by local mosquito bites. But all states are on guard, bracing for the influx of Zika.

The money is intended to help California deal with the emerging threat, quickly identify cases of microcephaly linked to Zika, and refer infants and families to services. It will also be used to monitor the health and developmental outcomes of children affected by Zika.

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