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Engel Announces $412,111 to Help NYC Prepare for the Zika Virus

Engel Announces $412,111 to Help NYC Prepare for the Zika Virus

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee, announced $412,111 in federal funding to help New York City thwart the spread of the Zika virus. The State of New York will receive an additional $474,016.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has allocated a total of $25 million to help states, cities and territories mount strong responses to the Zika virus. This funding can be used to purchase needed resources, such as screens and mosquito repellant, and to help local health officials identify cases of Zika and organize response activities.

“Now that mosquito season is upon us, it is critical that our City and State be ready to detect local Zika infections, launch prevention campaigns and link infected New Yorkers with the services they need,” Engel said. “While these awards will provide significant support to New York, more federal assistance will be necessary to launch a comprehensive response to the Zika virus.

“Federal agencies need these resources to conduct vital research, manage mosquito populations, and educate the public about this public health crisis. While House Republicans have been content to sit on President Obama’s emergency funding request and put forward inadequate funding packages laden with partisan riders, House Democrats have fought for a robust federal response that would address the threat of Zika head-on. I will continue fighting to get this kind of response through Congress.”