LANSING (AP) – Some Michigan lawmakers are concerned that mosquitoes could spread the Zika virus in the state and voted to fund a mosquito abatement program.
A House committee on Wednesday approved an amendment to the state budget to inject $250,000 to set mosquito traps in certain areas of the state and to educate the public about the virus.READ MORE: Mayor Duggan Urging Detroiters To Take Advantage Of Auto Insurance Amnesty By Dec. 31
The committee unanimously voted to shift money from a Great Lakes restoration fund into the abatement program.
Officials have confirmed two Zika cases in Michigan.READ MORE: Expect More Michigan Police On Roads Following Rise In Fatal Crashes
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the virus is mainly in Mexico and South America.
It has caused serious birth defects of the brain in babies of mothers who had the virus while pregnant. Health officials say women who are pregnant should avoid Zika-affected areas.MORE NEWS: FDA Advisers Vote To Recommend Authorization Of Pill To Treat COVID-19
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