SEATTLE. It’s time for Congress to step up and stop the spread of Zika virus (Seattle Times)

By Seattle Times Editorial Board

CONGRESS must act quickly to help stop the spread of the Zika virus.

As of April 20, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported nearly 400 cases throughout the U.S., including two in Washington, and infections in 33 pregnant women.

Lawmakers should grant President Obama’s $1.9 billion emergency funding request to control Zika-carrying mosquitoes, develop a vaccine and assist countries dealing with much higher rates of infection.

Dr. William Dobyns, a Zika expert and pediatric neurologist at Seattle Children’s who is tracking its spread, showed The Seattle Times jarring photos of babies born to mothers infected with the virus. Some will never walk or talk.

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