DES MOINES - Iowa is getting more than $800,000 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to fight the Zika virus.
The award is Iowa's share of about $60 million the CDC is giving to states and cities to protect residents from the Zika virus.
The nation-wide funding is also an addition to the $25 million earlier pledged by the CDC. Next month, 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.
The Obama Administration has requested $1.9 billion that public health experts identified as necessary to combat Zika and protect the homeland, but the budget has not been approved by Congress.
The new funding will support activities to protect the health of the American public, especially pregnant women, through epidemiologic surveillance and investigation, strengthening laboratory capacity, and improving mosquito control and monitoring. It will also support participation in the U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry to monitor pregnant women with Zika and their infants, as well as Zika-related activities in U.S.-Mexico border states.
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