- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City will be receiving $3.6 million in federal funds to combat the Zika virus and the rest of New York state will receive $1.7 million.

The funds are part of $60 million that the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is awarding to states, cities and territories to fight Zika.

The CDC said Thursday that the funds will support efforts to protect the health of the American public, especially pregnant women, from the mosquito-borne virus.

Zika infection during pregnancy has been linked to severe birth defects.

New York City health-care providers have administered Zika tests to 2,000 pregnant women who have traveled to areas affected by the virus.

Health officials say 41 of the women have been confirmed to have Zika.

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