Friday, April 29 2016 04:15 EEST
Senator Harry Reid: Zika is a scourge that is already affecting the United States
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NASA created a risk Zika virus map to help government agencies better prepare for outbreaks.

NASA helping public health officials better understand Zika virus and limit the spread of the disease it causes.

United States Senator for Nevada and Senate Democratic Leader,Harry Reid shared on Facebook:

'Maybe Republicans should ask the Zika-carrying mosquito population not to breed this summer since it’s the last year of a two-term Presidency.

The Senate should not leave DC without addressing this serious issue. We shouldn’t be taking ten days off as a dangerous virus threatens our nation.

Zika is a scourge that is already affecting the United States, and it’s time we pass an emergency appropriations bill to fight it. Under tradition, precedent and common sense, this public health threat is an emergency, and it demands a response.

Republicans have refused to do anything, even as the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health are pleading for Congress to act. And these experts have been clear about the funding they need to fight Zika – $1.9 billion.

The CDC and NIH know what they need. They’ve told us what they need. So why won’t the Republican Leader give it to them? So if Republicans won’t give the experts the resources they need to combat Zika, what do they propose?'

Zika virusis a member of the virus family Flaviviridae and the genus Flavivirus. It is spread by daytime-active Aedes mosquitoes, such as A. aegypti and A. albopictus. Its name comes from the Zika Forest of Uganda, where the virus was first isolated in 1947.

Zika virus is related to dengue, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, and West Nile viruses.

The infection, known as Zika fever, often causes no or only mild symptoms, similar to a mild form of dengue fever.

Zika is primarily spread by the female Aedes aegypti mosquito which is active mostly in the daytime.

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