While no locally transmitted cases of Zika — which can cause the serious birth defect microcephaly — have been reported outside Florida, the state health department has set aside a portion of the nearly $1 million in grant money the state recently received from the CDC to target any areas in the state hit by an outbreak, said ODH Director Rick Hodges during a stop in Dayton.
“In the case of Zika, if and when it comes here, it’s going to be very localized and very intense,” Hodges said. “If we distribute $900,000 out to 118 health districts on a per capita basis, that would be about $8,000 per local health district. That’s not enough to fight a local outbreak. So what we do is we pool some resources and purchase materials so we can surge those resources into an area that’s affected.”