Cora Bern-Klug | August 29, 2016
This Monday’s On The Radio segment discusses the money granted to the University of Iowa for research of the Zika virus.
Transcript: Iowa is among 39 other states and territories to receive more than 16 million dollars for the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention to study the Zika virus.
This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.
The funding aims to establish, enhance and maintain information gathering systems to rapidly detect microcephaly, a serious birth defect of the brain and other adverse outcomes caused by Zika virus infection. This funding has been diverted from existing public health resources until Congress establishes separate moneys designated specifically for Zika. Funding was based on each state or territory’s risk of transmitting Zika and population needs.
Peter Thorne is the head of the University of iowa’s department of occupational and environmental health and a member of the UI’s Center of Global and Regional Environmental Research. The first travel related Zika case in Iowa was reported on February 19th of this year. Since that time eight other travel related Zika cases have been reported in the Hawkeye State.
For more information about Zika and Zika research at the University of Iowa visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org
From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Betsy Stone.