Congresswoman, mayor say more resources needed to stop Zika

AP-Zika Related Death New Case
A tray of Aedes dorsalis and Culex tarsalis mosquitos are shown collected at the Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District Tuesday, July 19, 2016, near Salt Lake City. Health authorities in Utah are investigating a unique case of Zika found in a person who had been caring for a relative who had an unusually high level of the virus in his blood. Exactly how the disease was transmitted is still a mystery, though the person has since recovered. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine say more federal resources are needed to combat the spread of the Zika virus in South Florida.

They’re holding a news conference Monday at a popular Miami Beach cafe in an effort to urge Congress to return from its summer break to deal with the virus outbreak.

President Barack Obama requested $1.9 billion in emergency funds in February to develop a vaccine and control the mosquitoes that carry the virus.

But lawmakers left Washington in mid-July for a seven-week recess without approving any of the money.

Mosquito-borne Zika cases have been found in two neighborhoods of Miami-Dade County.

They’re the first areas on the U.S. mainland where health officials determined mosquitoes were transmitting Zika.

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