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State Gives FSU Scientists $2.17M to Study Zika Virus

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Posted at 5:02 PM, Feb 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-01 12:37:31-05

Tallahassee, Fla. (WTXL) - The Florida Department of Health donated $2.17 million to Florida State University in an effort to help advance methods for the treatment and prevention of the Zika virus.

This grant is part of the $25 million that Governor Rick Scott awarded to 10 different institutions.

The money will be allocated to three projects, with the majority going toward human clinical trials of a drug that may be effective in treating the virus, approximately $850,000 going toward a study that aims to understand the mechanisms of the virus, and just under $200,000 to study identifying markers of the virus in pregnant women and fetuses.

According to the Department of Health, over a thousand people were diagnosed with Zika in 2016 alone.