- Associated Press - Friday, July 22, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it will give Arkansas $5.6 million to fight the Zika virus.

The announcement was made Thursday.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/2alPQIA ) reports that the funds are a part of the $60 million the center is giving to states, cities and territories to fight the virus through increased research efforts, laboratory improvement and improved mosquito control.

Spokeswoman Meg Mirivel says the Arkansas Department of Health is developing a plan for how to use the money.

The Zika virus is primarily spread through bites from a specific mosquito, but can also be spread through sex. People who do get infected usually have a mild illness, but it has been found to lead to severe birth defects if a pregnant woman is infected.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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