Pennsylvania to get federal funding to fight the Zika virus

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, an Aedes aegypti mosquito is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. A New Jersey doctor said a woman from Honduras with the Zika virus gave birth to a baby on May 31, 2016, that appears to be affected by the disease, which is spread primarily through mosquito bites and can also be transmitted through sex. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania is getting about $1.8 million from the federal government to help fight the Zika virus.

The Centers for Disease Control said the money will help prevent the disease and address the health problems that it brings, including the birth defect microcephaly.

The support is part of some $60 million going out across the United States to monitor the disease, control mosquitoes and create more laboratory capacity.

The money will be available at the start of August.

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