U.S. donates $5 million to Puerto Rico for Zika defense

The United States has decided to donate $5 million to Puerto Rico for Zika-related efforts.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is giving $5 million to 20 health centers in Puerto Rico to fight the spread of Zika virus.

Approximately 474 cases of Zika have been reported in Puerto Rico.

“In Puerto Rico, and around the world, the Zika virus is a serious and challenging health threat,” HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell said. “We are committed to doing everything we can to combat this threat and to help strengthen health care in Puerto Rico.”

The money will help each of the centers hire more staff, increase education efforts and expand their family planning programs, which reach an audience of more than 330,000 people.

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