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November 21, 2016: Is Zika On the President-elect's Agenda?

“Before coming into office in January, newly elected President Trump has a lot of the country’s issues to think about. Is the Zika virus outbreak one of them?

“The government has failed to do anything to defend the birth-defect causing virus as it spreads throughout the United States. President (soon to be former) Obama has tried implanted 2 billion dollar Zika defense budget, but unfortunately it never got passed.

“Government organizations such as the CDC and NIH have been working diligently to provide any form of assistance to the mosquito born virus. Since the outbreak, millions of dollars have been shuffled and funded, and dozens of clinical trials and studies have been formed to create a vaccine. Still, no solutions have been formed.

So What Is Trump Thinking?

“So far, he has said little on the subject. Previously, Trump has said that at least in the case of the state of Florida where Zika seems to be the most active, he would defer to state government Gov. Rick Scott when it comes to decision making.

“Back in August, Trump was asked about his plan for Zika, he did applaud Florida’s efforts, but did not make any statement regarding what he would contribute from Washington D.C. if elected president.

He said “It’s a problem. It’s a big problem,” Trump said. “But I watch and I see what they’re doing with the spraying and everything else, and I think [Scott is] doing a fantastic job. And he’s letting everyone know exactly what the problem is and how to get rid of it. He’s going to have it under control. He probably already does.”

Can It Get Worse?

“A huge problem that can occur is the WHO may downgrade Zika’s status from ‘public health emergency of international concern,’ if that becomes the case, scientists are worried that they won’t be able to get enough support to stop the virus.

“Just like we have with the government, we will and wait to see the future of the Zika virus in the United States, as we transition into a new presidency.”

Source: Rare Disease Report

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