This is so scary! The Zika virus isn’t going away any time soon, and now, officials have spoken out about why it’s a serious threat to the United States. Get the update right here.
Oh, no! Officials shared some bad news on April 11 about the terrifying Zika virus at a White House briefing. The type of mosquito that spreads the virus is now apparently present in 30 U.S. states, and soon, hundreds of thousands of infections could be impacting the nation. Read on to see what officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had to say about the distressing situation.
Dr. Anne Schuchat, a deputy director at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shared some scary info, as Newsweek reports: “Everything we look at with this virus seems to be a bit scarier than we initially thought,” she admitted. “We absolutely hope we don’t see widespread local transmission in the continental U.S., we need the states to be ready for that.” Meanwhile, Dr. Schuchat wouldn’t reveal the potential number of infenctions that might break out as a result of Zika. Oh, boy.
To remedy the impending doom and prepare for Zika, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is urging Congress to pass $1.9 billion in emergency funds. He cautioned that if the funding is not provided, the U.S. would probably be forced to draw from the cash that’s currently dedicated to malaria and tuberculosis, among others. “I don’t have what I need right now…we’ll have to start raiding other accounts, and very important research in other diseases is going to suffer, and suffer badly,” he said. That is not good!
HollywoodLifers, do you think the U.S. is doing enough to prepare for Zika?