(WIAT) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has funded Alabama $344,769 as part of $25 million in funding to states, cities and territories to support efforts to protect Americans from the Zika virus infection and associated adverse health outcomes, including Microcephaly and the other serious birth defects.
53 states, cities and territorial health departments in areas at risk for outbreaks of Zika have been awarded funding. It is effective July 1 and can be used through June 2017. States were selected based on the risk of local transmission as determined by the estimated range of the two Aedes mosquito species known to transmit Zika virus in the U.S., history of mosquito-borne disease outbreaks and size of population.
Jurisdictions can use funding to identify and investigate a possible outbreak of Zika virus in their communities, coordinate a comprehensive response across all levels of government and non-governmental partners, including the healthcare sector, and identify and connect families affected by Zika to community services
In addition to the Zika funding, Alabama was awarded $8.3 million in a cooperative agreement to improve and sustain emergency preparedness of state and local public health systems.