Zika needs to be treated like the public health threat it truly is

Public health officials say more than 670 pregnant women in the United States have been diagnosed with the Zika virus. At least 17 babies already have been born with microcephaly linked to the disease.

And the federal government, specifically the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is nearly out of money to battle the virus and the mosquitoes that carry it.

Funding to combat Zika is tied up in political battles over unrelated disputes. Reportedly, congressional leaders worked last weekend to disentangle Zika money from other issues.

They and President Barack Obama should do just that – immediately.

Zika is a serious public health threat, not one of the many fads that so often consume taxpayers’ money. It needs to be treated as such – before it reaches the level of an epidemic.


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