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Arizona group gets federal grant to fight the Zika virus

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PHOENIX — An Arizona group is getting some federal help in the fight against the Zika virus.

The Arizona Family Health Partnership has received a one-time grant of $248,626 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. AFHP CEO Bre Thomas said the money will be used to provide quality reproductive health.

“We have already purchased 270,000 condoms for distribution to the counties that have a propensity to have the mosquito and may contract the virus,” Thomas said. “Correct and consistent use of condoms is one way to help prevent the spread of the Zika virus.”

Health care providers in seven Arizona counties will get the condoms.

“(Those counties are) Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz, Yuma, Yavapai and Cochise,” said Thomas.

She added that the money will also be used to provide Zika prevention training that will begin in October.

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