Federal Funding For Zika Detection Headed To Ohio

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Ohio is set to receive more than half-a-million dollars in federal funding to help detect Zika virus birth defects, according to Senator Sherrod Brown, D-OH.

The $560,000 in funding will come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to “help the State of Ohio refer affected infants and their families to the health and social services they need and monitor developmental outcomes in children affected by Zika virus,” according to a release by Brown’s office on Tuesday.

The announcement comes after cases of Zika were confirmed in both Hocking and Athens counties. Health Department officials have said there is a low risk of the virus spreading as a result of the cases. Both cases were found in residents who had traveled abroad recently.