Emergency funding requested to combat the Zika Virus
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Emergency funding requested to combat the Zika Virus


The White House is requesting emergency aid to combat the spread of the Zika Virus. The proposed funding would be distributed as follows:
*$828 million for the CDC to support Zika preparedness and response capacity in areas where mosquitoes are known to transmit the virus; to improve mosquito control programs; to build virus surveillance and education efforts, and enhance laboratory capacity to test for the Zika virus
*$250 million for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to support a temporary 1-year increase in Puerto Rico's Medicaid Federal Medical Assistance Percentage that would aid pregnant women at-risk of infection or diagnosed with the virus (the territory has documented recent and ongoing transmission of the virus)
*$200 million for vaccine research and diagnostics, which includes funding for the NIH to advance the scientific understanding of the virus; funding for the FDA to support Zika virus medical product development.
*$210 million for other HHS activities including the development of an "Urgent and Emerging Threat Fund" in the event that the Zika mosquito population migrates to the U.S.
*$335 million would be split between the U.S. Agency for International Development(USAID), which would receive , to help control both the mosquito populations and the transmission of the virus in affected countries, and the U.S. Department of State, which would be granted $41 million to provide medical support for U.S. citizens and state department employees in affected countries. 



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