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    White House Requests Funds to Fight Zika

    But don’t panic. President Obama is asking Congress for $1.8 billion, which would go toward controlling the virus in the U.S., where there have been 50 cases so far, and searching for a vaccine. In a TV interview today, the president said “This is not like Ebola; people don’t die of Zika” but stressed that the spread of the virus must be taken seriously, especially as no treatment currently exists. With biotech companies racing to find a cure, the promised $200 million for research would be a welcome shot in the arm.

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