Pennsylvania to get federal funding to fight the Zika virus

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 22, 2016 5:46 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

Nadja Mayerle with the Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District collects a mosquito trap Tuesday, July 19, 2016, near the marshes, in Salt Lake City. Health authorities in Utah are investigating a unique case of Zika found in a person who had been caring for a relative who had an unusually high level of the virus in his blood. Exactly how the disease was transmitted is still a mystery, though the person has since recovered.

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania is getting about $1.8 million from the federal government to help fight the Zika virus.

The Centers for Disease Control said the money will help prevent the disease and address the health problems that it brings, including the birth defect microcephaly.

The support is part of some $60 million going out across the United States to monitor the disease, control mosquitoes and create more laboratory capacity.

The money will be available at the start of August.

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