March 3

Google gives $1M grant, engineers to fight Zika virus

Google is taking steps to combat the spread of Zika in Brazil and throughout Latin America.

The Internet giant’s philanthropic arm,, is giving a $1 million grant to UNICEF. The grant is earmarked to raise awareness of the mosquito-borne virus, reduce mosquito populations, develop diagnostics and vaccines and work with communities and governments to prevent disease transmission. Google also has launched a matching campaign for Google employees with the goal of providing an additional $500,000 to UNICEF and the Pan American Health Organization.

To map and anticipate the spread of the virus, Google has assigned a team of engineers, data scientists and designers to work with UNICEF to analyze data such as weather and travel patterns.

Source: USA Today (link opens in a new window)

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