21 May 2016
Figures which showed that more than 300 women in the US have tested positive for Zika Virus led President Obama to present a fund of $1.9 billion to combat the virus. The congress only approving half of the fund has led the President to criticize them.
President Obama warned that the country could face bigger problems in the virus is not curbed. He said “this is not something where we can build a wall to prevent (the spreading of Zika), mosquitoes don’t go through customs, to the extent that we’re not handling this thing on the front end, we’re going to have bigger problems on the back end,”.
The rapid spread of the virus has led the World Health Organization to declare the Zika Virus a global public health emergency.
The virus causes birth defect in children, marked by a small head size and can lead to developmental problems in infants. There have been around 1,300 confirmed cases of microcephaly in Brazil, with thousands more under investigation.