Representative Murphy introduced a bill into congress to provide resources for fighting the spread of Zika

June 22, 2016

U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) introduced the Strengthening Mosquito Abatement for Safety and Health (SMASH) Act to provide critical resources to state and local governments to help fight the spread of Zika.  The bill reauthorizes and improves a lapsed 2003 mosquito-control program and provides $130 million each year for mosquito surveillance efforts.  It also reauthorizes epidemiology laboratory capacity grants to support the work of state and local health departments to treat infectious diseases like Zika.  Additionally, to better prepare our communities to prevent and respond to future mosquito-borne diseases, the legislation calls for a study of existing mosquito control programs to provide recommendations moving forward.

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