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City Devotes $21 Million to Fight Zika Virus

(DNAINFO)  Jeff Mays | April 20, 2016 — There will be more mosquito traps and testing as the city heads into mosquito season.

The city will spend $21 million over the next three years to prevent the spread of the Zika virus, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday.

The money will beef up the city’s already robust mosquito testing and control system developed to manage the West Nile virus and will include more human testing. A public information campaign has also been launched and 51 new employees are being hired to help drive the effort.

“We have to protect ourselves,” de Blasio said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Zika virus is transmitted from the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito.

Fever, joint pain and rash are the most common symptoms and most infected people rarely die or even get sick enough to go to the hospital for treatment.

Source: City Devotes $21 Million to Fight Zika Virus – Kips Bay – DNAinfo.com New York