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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Rep. Kind calls on Congress to return to work and pass Zika virus funding

LA CROSSE - U.S. Rep. Ron Kind called on Congress to go back into session and pass funding to combat the spread of Zika virus, in response to recent data from the Department of Health Services (DHS) confirming that there are 23 cases of Zika virus in Wisconsin.

“Congress has a responsibility to ensure all Americans are safe from Zika virus,” said Rep. Ron Kind.  “My colleagues in the House should reconvene immediately to provide funding for Zika, and act on the President’s request for the appropriate emergency funding for this outbreak.  We cannot risk lives over partisan gridlock.”

As of August 10, 2016, DHS has confirmed 23 cases of Zika virus in Wisconsin.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 8,500 cases of Zika have been documented in the U.S. and its territories, and 17 babies have been born with Zika-related birth defects.

Congress is scheduled to be in recess until after Labor Day.

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