The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a major warning about the spread of the Zika virus in the United States, which will affect many people during the Spring and Summer months. The states with mosquitos which carry the virus have more than doubled (30), and those states are on high alert!
As CDCP’s principal deputy director announced, “Everything we look at with this virus seems to be a bit scarier than we initially thought.”
Zika is linked to serious birth defects with potentially deadly consequences. In addition to mosquitos, it can also be transmitted sexually. This will quickly become an epidemic if something isn’t done!
The warnings — delivered by Schuchat and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci – came amid another funding dispute between the Obama administration and Congress. The administration last week announced that money left over from the fight against Ebola would go to combating the Zika virus, as President Obama seeks a larger amount in emergency funding which has not yet been approved in Congress.[…]
For now, the decision to divert Ebola money will free up about $589 million, mostly for CDC research on the virus and Zika-related birth defects, as well as the creation of response teams to limit its spread. The National Institutes of Health will continue research into a vaccine and the U.S. Agency for International Development would intensify efforts to fight the virus overseas.
The briefing at the White House on Monday amounted to an alarm bell about the growing risk of the virus.
Schuchat said that not only is a key virus-spreading mosquito now present in about 30 states, but the virus is “likely to be a problem at much of the pregnancy period.”
And she said they are very concerned about Puerto Rico, “where the virus is spreading throughout the island.” She said there could be “hundreds of thousands” of cases and perhaps “hundreds of affected babies,” while saying they’re not waiting for additional money to act, either.
Via Fox News
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