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Delaware Receives $813,000 of Federal Funding to Fight Zika

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SMYRNA, Del. – On Thursday, Delaware state officials, alongside U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, announced $813,000 in federal funding to help Delaware’s efforts to prevent and respond to the Zika virus.

The funding, which comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, comes in response to what Sen. Carper calls an urgent crisis.

“This is an all hands on deck moment,” Carper said.

Of the funding, $543,000 will be used to fight Zika and West Nile virus. $270,000 will specifically target Zika.

The grants will fund additional education, outreach and advertising, data tracking, planning and preparedness among other things. Tom Moran, Program Manager for the Delaware Mosquito Control Sections Northern Office, says it is essential that people are made aware of the risk and do their part in helping battle the potentially deadly virus.

Certainly that is why we're doing all this outreach and education”, Moran said, “to try to get as great a percentage as possible of folks to hear the message, heed it, and actually act upon what we're saying to do."

About $166,000 of the grant funds will aid the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control in mosquito control and surveillance efforts

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