The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will award Virginia $1 million to help fight the Zika virus.
The award is Virginia’s share of about $60 million being awarded to states, cities, and territories to support efforts to protect Americans from Zika virus disease and outcomes that can result from Zika infection.
The CDC says the funding is in addition to $25 million awarded on July 1 as part of CDC’s preparedness and response funding to states, cities, and territories in areas at risk for outbreaks of Zika.
On August 1, CDC also will award another $10 million to quickly identify cases of microcephaly and other adverse birth outcomes linked to Zika and to refer affected infants and families to services.
“Our local, state and territorial health departments are on the front lines in the fight against Zika, and though the necessary funding that is needed isn’t yet available, we cannot wait to provide this essential support,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “These CDC funds will strengthen state and territorial capacity to respond to Zika virus, an increasingly concerning public health threat.”