Smith Slams White House on Zika

Is the Obama Administration doing enough to protect you from the Zika Virus?

One San Antonio Congressman will tell you the answer is clearly “no.”

House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith opened a hearing Wednesday pointing to the hundreds of Americans who have returned from trips to Latin America infected with the mosquito-borne illness.

“At the least, pregnant women should be told to avoid non-essential travel to Brazil and Colombia. Anything less is putting political correctness ahead of the well-being of American women” Smith said, adding “These dangers raise serious questions about the Administration’s handling of travel alerts.”

The Zika Virus has been linked to birth defects in the children of women who become infected while they are pregnant.

Several experts testifying before the Committee agreed more needs to be done to make people aware of the danger.

“I believe stricter travel restrictions or advisories should be implemented” said Texas Tech University’s Dr. Steven Presley, an expert in Environmental Toxicology.



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