State, Feds Considering Zika Response

he Texas Senate’s Health and Human Services Committee examines the response to the Zika threat Tuesday.

Senator Carlos Uresti said they’ll look at what to expect here in Texas.

“There’s been approximately 33 cases in Texas, thus far, most of those are travel related, but nonetheless they’re here,” he said. “Given the amount of water we have and the retention of water and how that attracts mosquitoes, particularly with tires, it’s a serious concern.”

He wants to know what the state can do regarding funding.

“If this virus begins to spread, we’re going to need to be proactive and not reactive,” Uresti said, as the summer months approach.

Meanwhile, Senator John Cornyn says the fight against Zika needs some money but he wants to see approval of a plan that doesn’t add to the nation’s debt.

Cornyn spoke on the Senate floor yesterday and stressed how devastating Zika is and talked about a couple of proposals lawmakers will take up today.

“I urge our colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support the legislation that funds the Zika prevention program at 1.1 billion dollars.”

Cornyn says that plan uses money from the already existing Prevention and Public Health Fund.

Democratic Congressman Henry Cuellar said a proposal pushed by Democrats which includes even more cash is the right approach.

“I’ve been to Brazil… I’ve seen it (the Zika Virus) at ground zero” Cuellar told KTSA News.



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