- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico is getting $400,000 from the federal government to battle the Zika virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the money will be used to help detect and treat microcephaly, an often-fatal condition in infants linked to Zika.

The money also will help ensure affected infants and their families are referred to appropriate health and social services and enable New Mexico to monitor over time the health and developmental outcomes of children affected.

Zika virus spreads to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito, but it can also be spread by infected men and women to their sex partners.

Zika infections in pregnant women can cause severe brain-related birth defects.

The New Mexico Department of Health says a species of mosquito that can transmit Zika virus was found in Roosevelt County.

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