CDC makes additional $70M available for Zika fight

On Oct. 19, the CDC announced the availability of $70 million in additional monies for states, cities and territories to support efforts to protect Americans from Zika.

The funds are being distributed to applicants through the CDC's Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases Cooperative Agreement. Funding disbursement will be determined based on factors such as Zika disease burden, local Zika virus transmission and the presence of Aedes mosquitoes that carry the virus.

"The funding ... will further support activities to protect the health of Americans, especially pregnant women, including epidemiologic surveillance and investigation, improving mosquito control and monitoring, and strengthening laboratory capacity. Funding also will support participation in the U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry to monitor pregnant women with Zika and their infants," said the CDC in a release.

Nov. 20 is the deadline for applications. For more information, click here.

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