White House asks Congress for $1.8B funding against Zika

Obama administration asks US Congress for $1.8B funding against Zika virus

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Pregnant women are covered with mosquito nets at the Women National Hospital in an effort to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes that might carry Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya viruses, in San Salvador, El Salvador February 5, 2016

The Obama administration is asking the US Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight the Zika virus in the United States and other countries, the White House announced on Monday.

The funding would be split between the Department of Health and Human Services, the Agency for International Development and the State Department to support mosquito control programs, vaccine research and health services for low-income pregnant women, the White House said in a statement.

Some would be put toward helping Zika-affected countries to better combat mosquitoes and control transmission, it said.

TRTWorld, Reuters