Senators: bill will give states, cities tools to fight Zika


PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A group of senators, including Maine’s Angus King, has introduced a bill they say will give states and municipalities tools to fight the Zika virus.

King, an independent, submitted the bill along with Democrat Bill Nelson of Florida and Republican Richard Burr of North Carolina. The senators say the Strengthening Mosquito Abatement for Safety and Health Act would reauthorize public health tools that help control mosquitoes.

The senators say up to $130 million in grants to support state and local mosquito control work will be authorized every year under the bill.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than 1,700 cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus have been reported in the country and its territories. Zika is linked to neurological disorders and the birth defect microcephaly.

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