U.S. reports 279 Zika cases in pregnant women, Obama pushes Congress on funds

May 20, 2016 7:54 PM

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U.S. reports 279 Zika cases in pregnant women, Obama pushes Congress on funds

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON Health officials said 279 pregnant women in the United States and U.S. territories have tested positive for Zika infection, prompting a new call from President Barack Obama for more funding to fight the outbreak spreading through the Americas.

Obama wants the U.S. Congress to provide close to $1.9 billion for vaccine development, faster diagnostic tests, and new tools for killing the mosquitoes that carry the virus, which can cause a rare birth defect in newborns and neurological disorders in adults.

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