THE HILL — The nation’s top doctor is stepping up his warnings about the need for funds to fight the Zika virus in the U.S.
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says federal health agencies are nearing the end of their reserves as they to try to halt the outbreak and will need new funds from Congress immediately to keep fighting the disease.
“I think we’re coming to the point where we are going to run out of funds to support the Zika response,” Murthy said in a wide-ranging interview with health news website Stat published Friday. “And that’s gonna happen right as we’re hitting mosquito season in the United States.”
Murthy is the latest Obama administration official to amplify calls for more Zika funding as warmer weather arrives in the U.S., increasing the populations of mosquitoes that help spread the disease. In most cases, Zika causes mild symptoms, but it has been shown to cause severe birth defects when contracted by pregnant women.
Republicans in Congress have repeatedly said the Obama administration has enough money to fight Zika for the time being.
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