Green Calls on Congress to Fund a Response to Zika
Zika Identified in Florida
WASHINGTON, DC – Officials with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released news that they identified four cases of the Zika virus likely acquired through local mosquito-borne transmission in Florida. This comes just two weeks after health officials in Harris County, Texas,diagnosed an infant born with Zika-related microcephaly, a birth defect that causes severe underdevelopment of the brain and a long list of subsequent health problems.
“These are the first known cases of the virus being transmitted by mosquitoes in the continental United States, a situation we have been warned about for months,” said Congressman Gene Green (TX-29) the Ranking Member for the Subcommittee on Health. “It is an appalling disservice to the American people that Congress recessed without providing resources to combat this virus that is already having real effects on our families and is now spreading here at home.”
“I have repeatedly called for my colleagues in Congress to act because I understand the alarming public health threat that Zika poses. According to the CDC, nearly 2,200 more cases of Zika have been identified since Congress went on recess. At stake are the lives of countless infants and families.”
“I sincerely hope that we can return to work with a renewed sense of responsibility for the health and welfare of our nation, and approve the funds necessary to prevent Zika’s spread in this country.”