CDC: Puerto Rico Health Department to get $3.7M in Emergency Zika Funding
SAN JUAN – A notice posted Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the intent to fund the Puerto Rico Department of Health with Prevention and Public Health Funds (PPHF).
The CDC is providing $3,7 million in “urgent” funding through the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases (ELC) Cooperative Agreement to the local health department to combat the current outbreak of Zika virus.
Puerto Rico is experiencing an “approximate doubling” of confirmed Zika virus cases per week — “they are unique in the total number of cases, the level of local transmission, and the presence of the Zika-carrying vector,” the CDC says. Since the local Health Department cannot sufficiently address the outbreak response without additional support, the funding is intended to provide equipment and supplies for increased testing for the virus, and to support additional epidemiology and laboratory staff for the response efforts.
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