United States to use Ebola funds to fight Zika

The US has announced that it is transferring nearly $600 million which was leftover from the largely successful fight against Ebola to combat the growing menace of Zika virus.

Wednesday’s move came after the Republican-controlled Congress has not moved on the request of US President Barack Obama to provide it with USD 1.9 billion for activities that scientists and experts say are critically important to combating Zika.

This includes funding for mosquito control, which is particularly important now that the weather is beginning to warm up. The funding also included investments in disease detection and testing, vaccine development, and support for maternal women’s health.

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