CT awarded $459K to battle Zika virus

(WTNH) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is awarding Connecticut $459,000 to provide help in the fight against Zika virus.

It is part of a $60 million nationwide measure responding to the emerging threat of Zika, and to protect pregnant women from the various health outcomes from Zika infection, including the serious birth defect microcephaly.

On July 1, $25 million was distributed nationwide as part of CDC’s preparedness and response to the risks of Zika outbreaks.

On Aug. 1, the CDC 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.

The Obama Administration’s request for $1.9 billion, deemed necessary by public health experts, has still not been approved by Congress.

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