CDC gives New Mexico funding for Zika detection, services

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is giving New Mexico another $400,000 to help with the Zika virus.

Cases of the virus have popped up in Florida in recent days. Previously, the only known cases on American soil were travel-related.

Zika poses the biggest threat to pregnant women whose babies run the risk of a serious birth defect of the brain called microcephaly.

New Mexico’s funding will go towards detecting microcephaly and offering health services for affected moms and their kids.

The CDC has already given the state $1 million to help contain the virus including improving mosquito control.

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