CDC awards Louisiana $400,000 for Zika fight

CDC awards Louisiana $400,000 for Zika fight

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded $400,000 to Louisiana in the fight against the Zika virus.

Specifically, the money will help to establish, enhance and maintain information gathering systems to rapidly detect microcephaly, which is a serious birth defect of the brain.

It would also help fund the fight against other adverse outcomes caused by Zika virus infection.

The CDC said the money will also be used to help Louisiana ensure that affected infants and their families are referred to appropriate health and social services and it will help the state monitor the health and developmental outcomes of children affected by Zika.

The money is in addition to $25 million dollars awarded to the state in July as part of CDC's preparedness and response funding to areas at risk for outbreaks of Zika.

Louisiana's health department confirmed that there have been 15 cases reported in the state.

All of Louisiana's cases are travel related and diagnosed once the patient returned home.

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