ATLANTA, GA – Georgia will get over a half million dollars in the fight against the Zikka virus. The funds are part of a multi state award from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In all 39 other states will get a share of the 16 million dollars in the Zikka virus fighting effort.
Georgia gets $560,000 from the CDC. Funding for states and territories was based on several factors, including but not limited to their risk of transmission, population, and availability of funds.
The monies are earmarked to establish, enhance, and maintain information-gathering systems to detect microcephaly and other adverse outcomes caused by Zika virus infection.
“It is critical to identify infants with birth defects related to Zika virus so we can support them and their families,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “This CDC funding provides real-time data about the Zika epidemic as it unfolds in the United States and territories and will help those most devastated by this virus.”
In June, Frieden predicted the number of cases would increase in Georgia from travel, sexual transmission, and local spread of the virus from Georgia.
The state just received a 25 million dollar award just last month. That disbursement was part of the CDC’s preparedness and response funding to areas at risk for outbreaks.