Senators push for Congress to allocate more funds in fight against Zika

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NEW YORK —  New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand called on Congress Sunday afternoon to allocate $1.9-billion in the fight against the Zika virus.

"Unfortunately the Congress, particularly the House of Representative is twiddling their thumbs," said Schumer.

Schumer says with more and more people spend time outdoors the threat of being bit by mosquitoes becomes greater.

The senators want congress to take action right away.

"We want summer to be fun and enjoyable for everyone in the city no one should have to the change their plans out of fear."

Fourteen pregnant woman in New York City have been hit by the Zika virus.

They have since recovered but the effects on their unborn children is not yet known.

Dr. Jill Rabin a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine says now is the time to spend money to combat the disease.

"One baby with microcephaly costs $10-million and that's a CDC figure of a lifetime of cost," said Rabin.

The senators say Zika has the potential to be more widespread than Ebola and Congress needs to act now.

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