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Health Highlights: July 1, 2016

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

CDC Announces $25 Million to Help States Fight Zika

States, territories and cities will receive $25 million to protect Americans from the Zika virus and its health risks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

The funding will be provided to 53 city, state and territorial health departments in areas at risk for Zika outbreaks. The funding is available from July 1, 2016 through June 2017.

"These CDC funds will enable states and territories to strengthen their Zika preparedness and response plans," Dr. Stephen Redd, director of CDC's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, said in an agency news release.

"Although the continental United States has not yet seen local transmission of the Zika virus, mosquito season is here, and states must continue to both work to prevent transmission and prepare for their first local case," he added.

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