Health officials warn: “Zika is “scarier” than we originally thought”

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A major warning from U.S. health officials about the Zika virus. They’re saying it’s “scarier” than originally thought, and they do not have enough money to fight the spread of the virus in the U.S.

As summer approaches, and mosquitoes come out in full force, there is a worry more than ever now. Experts say mosquito control efforts and vaccine research may not be able to catch up with the spread of the disease. CDC leaders say they’re hoping we don’t see widespread local transmission here at home- but they need to be ready for that just in case.

Sisters hospital Dr. Bruce Rodgers says the mosquito-borne disease is a cause of microcephaly. But experts are now linking the virus to premature birth, eye problems and other neurological conditions in babies.

Dr. Bruce Rodgers said, “The mosquito that is causing this has been found much farther north than we anticipated. This in conjunction with world travel and perhaps the world games in Brazil, may cause a lot of international travel and carrying of the virus into the country.”

Now what leaders say they need is money. In February, the administration asked congress for $1.9 billion in emergency supplemental funding to fight the Zika virus. Congress has yet to act on that request. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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