Texas receives $5 million grant from CDC to fight Zika

The State of Texas received a $5 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Monday for public health preparedness and response to help combat the Zika virus.

According to a press release from office of Gov. Greg Abbott, the grant comes as part of the supplemental Zika funding awarded by Congress to increase public health preparedness and response funding to protect Americans from Zika virus infection.

“Now that Texas has confirmed cases of local transmission of the Zika virus, this money will be crucial in our efforts to contain and combat further transmission of the virus,” Abbott said in the release. “Texas has been at the forefront of developing and implementing the strongest possible Zika response plan and we will continue to work with our local and federal partners to ensure our communities have the tools they need to combat the Zika virus.”

The Texas Department of State Health Services has dedicated $18 million to combating the Zika virus and implementing the state’s Preparedness and Response plan.

For more information, go to texaszika.org/.