ARKANSAS – A grant from the CDC is helping to provide mosquito bite prevention kits for people who live in Arkansas.

Right now, there are nine confirmed cases of Zika in The Natural State, and with more than $1.7 million to help fight the spread, health officials are optimistic.

The state received $308,000 from the Public Health Preparedness and Response Cooperative agreement.

The funding would go toward all mosquito bite prevention methods, public outreach and maintaining a registry in the state.

Zika virus prevention kits will also be stocked with insect repellant, mosquito netting and larvacide tablets.

The Arkansas Health Department is working with local community organizations to distribute the kits to at-risk communities.

There have been recent reports of Zika-related deaths in Texas and Utah.

More than $1.4 million from the CDC toward mosquito bite prevention could be available as early as August.