White House Requests $1.8 Billion to Fight Zika Virus

The White House is requesting the emergency funds to combat the mosquito-borne virus both in the U.S. and abroad.
1:27 | 02/08/16

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The threat to Americans is real. That's the guidance of the CDC when it comes to the seek a virus. The virus has spread to a number of countries in the Americans. It's also spread to US territories including Puerto Rico the US Virgin Islands and American Samoa. The CDC and the NIH joining the White House today to ask congress for one point eight billion dollars to fight cica. Known to spread through mosquitoes including a tight common in the US. What we're hearing is that we aren't ready there's a lot that has to happen. Before spring and summer comes and mosquitoes start spreading viruses. One point four billion dollars would be used to protect Americans here. 400 million would combat veeco around the world. In Brazil the center of the outbreak many celebrating Carney bone seemed undeterred by the threat. Members listings this. In the videotape of this I don't you know the stuff in the news is under the settlement being really. A possible preview for August when real will host the Olympic Games some athletes are already saying the kill won't change their plan. Adam did not come up that is this what. Health authorities again reinforce the idea that for most people seek a present as just a mild infection. But for pregnant women it can result in serious birth defects including Mike looks happily. Which is why they wanna get a habit and fort really comes to the United States. Lana Zack ABC news Washington.

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