The federal government is allocating more than $1 million to combat the spread of Zika virus in Kansas. Eleven cases of Zika have now been confirmed in the state. That’s more than twice the number of infections reported in June. Cassie Sparks, with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, says the state will use $1.2 million in federal money to fund several tactics to fight the virus.
Kansas health officials asked for federal funds to monitor and control the virus. Zika can spread through mosquito bites and sexual transmission and can cause birth defects in babies born to infected mothers.