The Moldovan government has approved a plan to spend up to $6 million to combat the spread of Zika in the country.
The decision comes after a meeting between Prime Minister Dacian Cihanovic and the head of the Ministry of Health, Vitaly Zlotnikov.
The funding is aimed at helping the country get ready for a major outbreak.
Zlotnik, who is a member of the government’s advisory board on infectious diseases, said it was a “sustainable” way to tackle the Zika epidemic.
The plan is to provide an extra $200 million for the public health system to prepare for an outbreak, Zlotnic said in a statement.
The money will be used to purchase materials and equipment for the country to develop a public health strategy and to implement measures to ensure the safety of its population.
Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that has caused severe birth defects in Brazil and elsewhere.
It is spreading rapidly in the Americas, including in the United States, as a result of a massive surge in travel from the region.
It has been detected in parts of the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico.
It was first detected in Puerto Rico in late March.
There are currently 6,500 confirmed cases and 4,400 deaths in the U.S. and its territories.