WASHINGTON - The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), based in Washington, DC, announced that $180 million will be immediately available for its borrowing member countries in Latin America and the Caribbean in order to support control and prevention measures of the Zika virus.
In a statement, the bank said that with these resources they seek to support 'the efforts to control the main vector transmitting this disease (Aedes aegypti mosquito) and other public health measures.'
"The Zika virus represents an important threat to many countries, but I am sure that we can overcome it with determination and perseverance," said IDB president Luis Alberto Moreno.
"We want to offer the greatest possible flexibility to governments that are already launching plans to combat the virus," he added.
The Zika virus currently circulates in many Latin American and Caribbean countries. Although it causes mild symptoms to most of those affected, the fear lies in its possible link with cases of microcephaly and the neurological syndrome Guillain Barre.