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Google Pledges $1 Million to Help Fight Zika Virus

Google's engineers also helping develop a platform to process virus data

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THURSDAY, March 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A $1 million donation to fight the spread of the Zika virus and an offer to help analyze data to predict the spread of the mosquito-borne disease was announced by Google.

The money will be given to UNICEF to help reduce mosquito populations, develop diagnostic tests and vaccines, and find ways to prevent transmission of the virus, the Associated Press reported.

Google's engineers are helping develop a platform to process data on factors such as weather and travel patterns to help predict potential outbreaks so that governments and agencies know where to target their resources.

Zika -- believed linked to birth defects -- has become an epidemic in Latin America and the Caribbean, the AP reported.

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