In an effort help fight the Zika virus, CDC will make awards totaling about $60 million to states, cities, and territories. The funds, to be distributed through CDC's Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases Cooperative Agreement, will be used to support efforts to protect the public's health, particularly pregnant women. This includes epidemiologic surveillance and investigation, improving mosquito control and monitoring, and boosting laboratory capacity. In addition, the funds will be used to support participation in the U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry and for Zika-related initiatives in states along the border between the United States and Mexico. "Local, state and territorial health departments are on the front lines in the fight against Zika," said CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD. "These CDC funds will strengthen state and territorial capacity to respond to Zika virus, an increasingly concerning public health threat for pregnant women and babies. We hope Congress will provide the additional resources we need to fully support the Zika response." The new funding will be available to jurisdictions on August 1.