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Cameron Co. Requests State Funds to Combat Zika

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BROWNSVILLE – Cameron County health officials said they are requesting funds from the state to fight the Zika virus.

Cameron County Health Administrator Esmeralda Guajardo said they’re soliciting $500,000 to acquire more manpower and resources to effectively respond to new cases.

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded the state of Texas a $5 million grant for its Zika efforts.

Guajardo said they expect to get some of the money. She said the county has already spent about $100,000 to stop Zika from spreading.

“We are currently finalizing our numbers in terms of what we put into this, in terms of the staffing, the resources and supplies; in addition to the items that we do need to continue. This is not going to stop,” she said. “I know the cold weather is helping, but now that we are testing a lot of women, it’s going to require some manpower on our part and resources to make sure the community has what it needs to prevent Zika.”

Guajardo said cities in Cameron County are also eligible to request their own funds from the state. 

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