The Center for Disease Control has announced that the federal funds to combat Zika are running out, and that very soon there will be no money left to fight the outbreak unless Congress will finally approve additional funding.
The director of the CDC, Dr. Thomas Frieden, has explained that the agency has already spent Friday $194 million of the $222 million of the federal funds it was given.
Congress is, in the most inappropriate manner broke for its summer recess without approving any additional funding, and will return to work after Labor Day, on September 7th.
Meanwhile the number of Zika cases in Florida has increased, where the CDC has already spent $35 million. If the number of cases continues to grow, or if it spreads to a second state the agency will have no emergency funds to use.
A spokesman for Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, senate Republicans have scheduled a vote on $1.1 billion in Zika funding for next Tuesday, when Congress comes back from recess.