(By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez for Kaiser Health News)
Every day there are headlines about the Zika virus.
The number of travel-related cases is growing, and public health officials — especially in states such as Florida, which could be among the hardest hit — predict it is only a matter of time until the first locally transmitted case is confirmed. They are scrambling to prepare strategies to combat Zika’s spread. On the research front, at least one private pharmaceutical company is slated to begin human trials on a Zika vaccine in the fall, and National Institutes of Health researchers hope to bring their version to clinical trials as soon as summer’s end. But on Capitol Hill, efforts to approve emergency funding to support all of these initiatives are being held up by partisan disputes. Read article here……,
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