Lack of Zika Funding May Soon Bite
The CDC has spent some $200 million responding to the outbreak of Zika virus this year, and warns it could run out of cash for that job by the end of the month.
"The cupboard is bare," Director Tom Frieden tells reporters. "Basically, we're out of money, and we need Congress to act to allow us to respond effectively." He adds that “peak mosquito season” lasts through October, when cooler fall temperatures should help slash the population.
Lawmakers debated a $1.9 billion Zika spending package earlier this year, but talks fell through. Since then, federal agencies have been moving money around to try to fully fund their Zika response.
Zika is spread by mosquitos and can cause severe birth defects, including microcephaly and brain damage. The CDC has already issued travel adversaries warning pregnant women to avoid two Miami neighborhoods.
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