CDC to award Indiana $766,000 to help battle Zika virus

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it will award $766,000 to Indiana to fight the Zika virus.

The federal agency says the award is Indiana’s share of about $60 million in CDC funding to states, cities, and territories to support efforts to protect Americans from the virus and adverse health outcomes that can result from it, including the serious birth defect microcephaly.

The funding will support efforts to monitor the virus, strengthen labs and improve mosquito control and monitoring.

Zika can be transmitted by mosquito bites and through sex. The virus has been active this year in the Caribbean, Mexico, Puerto Rico and much of Central and South America.

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