The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has given Hawaii’s Department of Health $3.7 million to fight infectious diseases.
Just over $1 million will help fight arbovirus diseases like Zika or dengue, according to a DOH press release. Another $2.7 million will go toward fighting antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea and chlamydia, flu and foodborne illness symptoms.
Among other things generally related to improving outbreak response and detection efforts, the money will be used to monitor mosquitos and provide supplies to test for diseases.
The funding comes in the wake of a hepatitis A outbreak on Oahu and a dengue outbreak on the Big Island. As of today, 135 hepatitis A cases have been confirmed on Oahu.
Travel-related Zika cases have been found in Hawaii as well.
Department of Health Microbiologist Becky Kanenaka demonstrates testing processes in a biosafety cabinet at a DOH lab.
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