Zika is not Ebola. It is worse for us. Ebola was mostly
far away, Zika is coming. It is certain. The number of US cases increases every week, carried by infected people. When Mosquito
season hits this season- thousands of Americans will become infected by mosquito bites, especially in the Southern states.
There is no cure, there is no vaccine. The virus does not kill in the way Ebola kills. Zika causes severe birth defects. It
kills the hopes and dreams of mothers and fathers by causing untreatable microcephaly (very small brain).
In February, President Obama asked Congress to approve emergency funds to help control
the mosquitoes that spread the virus and support vaccine research. The funding is opposed by members of Congress from our
State. By July and into the next year, we will see the terrible results of this inaction. As a physician, I ask you to
urge our members of Congress to act now to approve the Zika funding. It is time to put the lives of patients and unborn children
over politics to provide this important emergency money to help control the spread of Zika.