WASHINGTON TIMES — A large number of Americans have heard little or nothing about the Zika virus, according to a new poll Thursday that shows found most people in the U.S. are not terribly concerned about an outbreak here.
The lack of awareness contrasts with Washington, where the Obama administration is preparing for the worst, and has requested billions of dollars to try to push development of a vaccine and to target the mosquito blamed for spreading the virus.
“We’re doing everything we can to speed that up,” National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins told Senate appropriators on Thursday, though he said a vaccine probably won’t be generally available until 2018.
Just 18 percent of Americans in an Associated Press/NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey say they’ve heard a lot about Zika, which has been linked to serious birth defects in Latin American countries and a syndrome that can cause paralysis.
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