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The CDC has run out of money to combat Zika


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The virus is spreading. (Marcos Teixeira de Freitas / Flickr)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found out that they had run out of the funds they had allocated to fighting the Zika virus in the US.

Congress had given $1.9 billion in emergency funds to combat and study the virus. It's known to cause microcephaly in unborn fetuses, which results in babies being born with abnormally small heads. Just to put this news in perspective: Florida has 46 people and New York City has 50 pregnant women infected with the virus.

The CDC is now asking Congress for more funds but Congress can't agree on where the money would come from. The Democrats turned down a Republican plan that would have diverted funds from Planned Parenthood for Zika research.

Then Congress went on a seven-week summer break without reaching any decision. The CDC has spent a major amount of their funding in Puerto Rico where Zika is a full-blown epidemic.

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The CDC has run out of money to combat Zika

Anugya Chitransh

Anugya is originally from New Delhi, India. She studied journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York, graduating with a master's in international reporting. She plans to travel one day to all the places she reads about. She likes reading fiction, pop music, and going to the beach, but absolutely hates anyone mangling or shortening her name (which is quite common). She binge watches Korean dramas and anime series. She's a freelance writer and has produced content that has appeared in NBC, The Times of India, Time Out Delhi, and other publications.

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