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USA: White House says Florida Zika news 'a wake-up call' for Congress01:08

USA: White House says Florida Zika news 'a wake-up call' for Congress

United States, Washington, D.C.
July 29, 2016 at 14:41 GMT +00:00 · Published

White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said that Florida officials' confirmation of the first locally-transmitted Zika cases in the US should be a "wake-up call for Congress to get back to work," during a daily press briefing in Washington, D.C., on Friday.

"Congress has been sitting on a $1.9 billion proposal that would more fully fund federal response to this public health emergency. Unfortunately they left town for seven weeks without doing anything on this," Schultz stated, and went on to say that the White House finds it "regrettable."

The deputy press secretary also stated that because of Congress' inability to approve funds for the fight against the Zika virus, the demands of local Florida officials have been unfulfilled, and that a national study on the long term health effects of the Zika virus cannot be completed.

Earlier on Friday Florida Governor Rick Scott announced that four Zika infection cases in the state most likely came as a result of mosquito bites, and that all the affected people are based in the Miami Area.

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White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said that Florida officials' confirmation of the first locally-transmitted Zika cases in the US should be a "wake-up call for Congress to get back to work," during a daily press briefing in Washington, D.C., on Friday.

"Congress has been sitting on a $1.9 billion proposal that would more fully fund federal response to this public health emergency. Unfortunately they left town for seven weeks without doing anything on this," Schultz stated, and went on to say that the White House finds it "regrettable."

The deputy press secretary also stated that because of Congress' inability to approve funds for the fight against the Zika virus, the demands of local Florida officials have been unfulfilled, and that a national study on the long term health effects of the Zika virus cannot be completed.

Earlier on Friday Florida Governor Rick Scott announced that four Zika infection cases in the state most likely came as a result of mosquito bites, and that all the affected people are based in the Miami Area.

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