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Senate Joins with Oroho in Continued Fight Against Zika

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A resolution (SR-67) sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to help state and local governments fight the Zika virus was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

A resolution sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho to continue fight against Zika was passed by the New Jersey Senate. (CDC/James Gathany)

“I’m very happy that Congress came through late last month and authorized more than $1 billion to combat the spread of the Zika virus,” Senator Oroho said. “However, I believe this resolution recognizes the vital importance of funding for our state and shows our commitment to the continued fight against this virus.”

Following reports that New Jersey experienced its first baby born with Zika-related microcephaly, Oroho sent letters to the members of the state’s congressional delegating urging them to take the lead in the fight for Zika funding. He also fought to include $500,000 through the state budget process for mosquito control efforts aimed at combating the virus. Although the appropriation was not included in the final budget, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection announced that an identical amount would be allocated for grants to fund mosquito control statewide.

As of Oct. 12, more than 3,800 travel-associated cases of Zika have been reported in the United State, including 134 in New Jersey. The Garden State’s close ties with Puerto Rico, where the virus is rampant, have led to the state having among the highest number of travel-related cases in the country.

At the end of September, Congress came to an agreement to allocate $1.1 billion to help fight the spread of the Zika Virus. Mosquito control efforts and vaccine research will receive nearly $400 million each and $75 million will go toward public health and care, according to figures provided by the U.S. Senate.

“I’ve been fighting for this funding for months,” Senator Oroho said. “Now that we have it, we need to ensure it’s used effectively in order to prevent the continued spread of this horrible disease.”

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