CDC Director: Just a few weeks' of Zika funding remain
Created : 9 September 2016
The head of the government's fight against the Zika virus says that "we are now essentially out of money" and warns that the country is "about to see a bunch of kids born with microcephaly" in the coming months.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden addressed a handful of reporters as lawmakers start to sort out a stopgap government funding bill that is being targeted to also carry long-delayed money to battle Zika.
Zika is spreading more widely in the U.S. and can not only cause microcephaly — in which babies are born with grave brain defects — but other problems that the country will face for decades.
Frieden said funding delays have slowed long-term studies of the disease and production of new tests for it.
FEATURED IMAGE CAPTION: Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, D-Fla. listens at left as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California speaks during a news conference about the Zika virus on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 on capitol Hill in Washington.
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