Prepared to confront Zika

Senator Richard Burr
2017-04-28 13:05:16
Richard Burr, US Senator North Carolina This week, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee unanimously advanced the Strengthening Mosquito Abatement for Safety and Health (SMASH) Act [link 1]. This important bipartisan bill will give local governments the resources they need to control the mosquitos that spread the Zika virus.� [image =] This Centers for Disease Control [link 2] map shows the potential habitat of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. This mosquito is one of the species which can spread the Zika virus which is known to cause serious birth defects in some infants born to infected mothers that contracted the virus during pregnancy. I am pleased the HELP Committee has advanced this legislation, especially with warmer weather on the way, and the mosquitos that come with it. This bill will help fund programs that are critical for identifying, controlling, and reducing mosquitos that spread infectious diseases. [image =] [link 3] WATCH WBTV Charlotte: Burr Sponsors Bill to Fight Zika [link 4]
April 28, 2017
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