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    White House to Redirect Ebola Funds for Zika

    It’s a matter of life and death. Obama asked the U.S. Congress to put $1.9 billion toward fighting Zika, but it’s been two months, and lawmakers haven’t come up with the cash. Meanwhile, over 600 cases of the mosquito-borne disease have been reported nationwide. So the administration is taking drastic measures, redirecting $589 million — funds originally earmarked to combat Ebola — for Zika-related public education, vaccine development and mosquito control. Some fear a resurgence of Ebola, but officials say Zika is likely to be a bigger threat.

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