US Health Experts Give Up on Zika Funding From Congress | NBC Chicago
Zika Virus Outbreak

Zika Virus Outbreak

Coverage of the spread of the Zika virus in the Americas

US Health Experts Give Up on Zika Funding From Congress

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has registered 1,133 cases of Zika infection — all brought by travelers from Zika-affected areas

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    AP
    In this Feb. 11, 2016, file photo of aedes aegypti mosquitoes are seen in a mosquito cage at a laboratory in Cucuta, Colombia. Mosquito season is now in full swing across the United States.

    Congress started its final week of the summer Monday but there was still no agreement on a legislation that would get the U.S. ready for a fight against the Zika virus, NBC News reported. 

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has registered 1,133 cases of Zika infection — all brought by travelers from Zika-affected areas. The CDC now counts 320 pregnancies affected by Zika in the states, and another 279 in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

    Mosquito season is also in full swing in the U.S. and experts predict it's a matter of time before there are local outbreaks.

    Republicans in Congress repeatedly stalled bills that would have supplied at least some of the funding. Then last month, Republicans offered a $1.1 billion plan as part of another bill, but Democrats said it was full of "poison pills" that attacked Planned Parenthood and eased pesticide regulations. 

    Wal-Mart Rejects 'Blue Lives Matter' Cake

    [NATL-DFW] Wal-Mart Rejects 'Blue Lives Matter' Cake
    A McDonough, Georgia, Walmart is facing a backlash after an employee refused to make a "Blue Lives Matter" cake for a retiring police officer, and the story is going viral. The officer's daughter says it was a cake for the officer's retirement party after serving for 25 years. After a friend posted about the incident on Facebook, a manager called her to apologize and make the cake. Walmart's corporate communications department also issued an apology. (Published Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016)