Governor Bentley approves emergency funding for Zika

Montgomery, Ala. (WIAT) — On Friday, Governor Robert Bentley announced that he has approved the use of emergency funds to support Alabama’s efforts against Zika.

The Alabama Department of Public Health requested assistance with Zika mitigation funding, so Governor Bentley approved the use of emergency funds up to $250,000 to help in mosquito control efforts.

“As we continue to see cases of Zika around the country, we want to make sure Alabama is prepared as possible to respond quickly, should the need arise,” Governor Bentley said. “The funds that I have authorized are available if Alabama needs to respond and if ADPH needs to move quickly with mosquito control efforts. We do not expect the need for these funds, but I am glad to ensure the state is prepared to respond immediately to the virus.”

“We are very pleased that Governor Bentley has approved the use of emergency funds to assist us with combatting Zika in Alabama, State Health Officer Dr. Tom Miller said. “It is very likely that we will have local transmission of the Zika virus by mosquitos like Florida is now experiencing. These funds will assist us to respond aggressively to protect our citizens. This is especially important for pregnant women and their unborn babies since Zika can cause severe birth defects.”

The Alabama Department of Public Health continually works with partners to prepare, protect and educate Alabama residents to meet the challenges of the virus.

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