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White House requests $1.8 billion from Congress to fight Zika virus
The Washington Times

The World Health Organization said Monday it wants to fast-track a better test for the Zika virus as dozens of countries cope with yet another scary pandemic, saying doctors on the front lines should at least be able to single out the disease from similar infections in hard-hit Latin America.

Its emergency committee asked companies to submit their diagnostic ideas so they can deploy kits to Brazil and 25 other countries afflicted by Zika, which typically causes mild illness but has been linked to a sharp uptick in the number of children born with abnormally small heads — a condition called microcephaly.

With the first case of sexual transmission confirmed in the U.S. last week, the White House announced Monday that President Obama will request $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight Zika at home and abroad, saying the virus’ threat requires a double-barreled approach that blitzes mosquito populations while chasing a vaccine.