- Associated Press - Friday, December 30, 2016

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) - Indiana is receiving nearly $300,000 in federal money to fight the spread of the Zika virus.

The News and Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/2hz5LGL ) the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced $184 million in grants for communities across the U.S.

Indiana will get $200,000 for information gathering and rapid detection of microcephaly. The brain defect may occur when a mother is infected with Zika while pregnant. Babies with the defect have small skulls because the brain hasn’t property developed.

The state is getting another $84,000 for mosquito testing and to improve mosquito control and monitoring.

Zika is spread through a bite of an infected mosquito or through unprotected sex with an infected person.

Complications to unborn fetuses due to microcephaly have been among the greatest concerns for the disease.


Information from: News and Tribune, Jeffersonville, Ind., https://www.newsandtribune.com

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