NEW YORK CITY. Why Congress drags its feet on Zika: New York City's health commissioner blames racism (NY Daily News)

The public health community is watching in astonishment as Congress continues to drag its feet on funding to fight Zika, a disease that threatens one of the most basic human functions — the ability to produce healthy babies.

The usual political gridlock is playing a role, but there’s something else that few people acknowledge: Zika is perceived as a disease of the south, mostly affecting people of color. The media have bombarded us with images of brown babies with microcephaly who live in the Caribbean and Latin America. Our Congress, which is dominated by an increasingly anti-immigrant party, may not feel a sense of urgency to respond to this evolving tragedy.

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