CDC awards Mississippi more than $308K to support efforts against Zika virus

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(WJTV) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is awarding the Magnolia State more than $308, 000 to help support efforts to protect residents from the Zika virus.

“These CDC funds will enable states and territories to strengthen their Zika preparedness and response plans,” said Stephen C. Redd, M.D., director of CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response. “Although the continental United States has not yet seen local transmission of the Zika virus, mosquito season is here, and states must continue to both work to prevent transmission and prepare for their first local case.”

About  $25 million will be granted to states and cities to help with the effort. Mississippi will receive  $308,661 of that funding.

In addition to the Zika-specific funding, Mississippi was also awarded $6.3 million in a cooperative agreement to improve and sustain emergency preparedness of state and local public health systems.

Zika virus spreads to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito.

Zika infection can also be spread by men to their sex partners.

There is currently no vaccine or treatment for Zika. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

However, Zika infection in pregnant women is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defect.

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