- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The federal government is giving the state of Vermont $200,000 to help fight the Zika virus.

The funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will help address the emerging threat, quickly identify cases of microcephaly and other adverse birth outcomes linked to Zika, and refer affected infants and families to services.

The money will help ensure that affected infants and their families are referred to appropriate health and social services and enable Vermont to monitor over time the health and developmental outcomes of children affected by Zika.

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.

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