South Carolina receives nearly $4.5M to fight Zika virus

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, an Aedes aegypti mosquito is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. The mosquito behind the Zika virus seems to operate like a heat-driven missile of disease. Scientists say the hotter it gets, the better the mosquito that carries Zika virus is at transmitting a variety of dangerous illnesses. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded nearly $4.5 million to South Carolina to fight the Zika virus.

The CDC announced Thursday that the award is part of a nearly $60 million fund to states, cities and territories to support efforts to combat the virus.

Funds will be used to support activities to protect public health, improve mosquito control and strengthening laboratory capacity. The funding will be available Aug. 1.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said Thursday that there have been 22 cases of the Zika virus in the state.

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