Congress shouldn’t raid Ebola dollars to fight Zika

ows_145627155015163( Star Tribune) – The Ebola death reported in Liberia last month should have served notice to the U.S. Congress that now is not the time to let down our collective guard against this deadly disease and other emerging pathogens, such as the in-the-headlines Zika virus.

Mere hours after global health officials declared an end to the latest West African Ebola outbreak in mid-January, yet another death from it was reported in Sierra Leone. Tests confirmed Ebola caused the death, according to the BBC News, prompting the World Health Organization to warn of further flare-ups.

Against this backdrop, the rejection of an emergency public health funding request by a key House committee is shockingly irresponsible. Late last week, the House Appropriations Committee turned down a White House request for $1.8 billion in supplemental funding to fight the Zika virus. This mosquito-borne disease is linked to a serious birth deformity in Central and South America. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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