Gov. McCrory proposes $750,000 for Zika virus preparedness

Aedes aegypti mosquito
Photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a female Aedes aegypti mosquito in the process of acquiring a blood meal from a human host.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – During a news conference Monday, Gov. Pat McCrory proposed that $750,000 go towards Zika virus preparedness.

The funding would go toward surveillance across the state, to identify and track the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the primary carrier of the Zika virus.

North Carolina is also preparing one of the first labs in the nation that can test for the virus, McCrory said. “Based on what we know, the likelihood of having the Zika virus actively spread by mosquitoes across North Carolina is low, but we must be prepared,” he said.

Also on Monday, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health cited recent discoveries about how destructive Zika appears to be to fetal brains. There also are reports of rare neurologic problems in adults, too.

Fauci says the $589 million now available from the federal government is a “temporary stopgap” and it’s “not enough for us to get the job done.”

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