- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut is set to receive a total of nearly $1 million in federal funding to help combat the Zika virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday the state Department of Public Health’s birth defects registry is being awarded a $400,000 grant. The money will help establish and maintain the information-gathering systems needed to quickly detect a serious brain defect and other central nervous system problems that Zika virus infections can cause in babies.

The money will also help the state refer affected families to the appropriate health and social services.

On Monday, Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the state’s congressional delegation announced the state will receive another $579,055 in grant money from the CDC. That money will be used for Zika testing and mosquito surveillance efforts.

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