Congressman Filemon Vela (D-Brownsville) applauds the disbursement of funds to fight the Zika virus in Cameron County. In 2016, Congress enacted a measure that contains $1.1 billion in funding to combat Zika.
Following Congressional action, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) awarded the State of Texas $5 million for Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR) and $10 million for Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) to continue the fight.
In March, the State will initiate the distribution of approximately $700,000 to Cameron County to fund Zika preparedness, surveillance and mosquito control. Cameron County had previously received approximately $800,000 of federal funding. Congressman Vela stated,
“Federal funding is critical for the protection against Zika in our community. Funds will support education, surveillance, and targeted spraying to control mosquito populations. I will continue working with county, state and federal agencies to do everything possible to ensure the safety of the people in the valley.”