Maryland to Receive $1.4 Million From CDC to Help Fight Zika Virus

Maryland will receive $1.4 million to fight Zika from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), according to a news release Thursday. The award is part of $60 million in federal funds that is being allocated around the country to help protect Americans from the disease and the health issues, including severe birth defects, that can arise from infection.

According to The Baltimore Sun:

The mosquito-borne virus was declared a public health emergency after being linked to cases of microcephaly, a severe birth defect characterized by small heads and brains. The virus also has been connected to Guillain-Barré, a rare syndrome that can cause temporary paralysis.

States such as Maryland, which has recorded 42 cases of Zika, already have stepped up efforts to monitor for the virus. Until recently, all of the cases recorded nationwide – more than 1,400 including 400 pregnant women – have been related to people traveling to heavily infected countries or to sexual contact.

Read the full article in The Baltimore Sun for more information.

Panelists will provide an overview of the Zika virus, including its symptoms, treatment, and transmission; county actions and responsibilities to combat Zika; and the use of GIS technology to track and manage identified cases at the MACo Summer Conference session “Outbreak! Responding to the Zika Threat.” The session will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 pm, Thursday, August 18, 2016 at the Rowland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland.

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