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CDC director: Zika funds to run out by end of the month

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in charge of fighting Zika will run out of money by the end of the month, causing staffing concerns and putting off development of new tests to fight the virus.

The proclamation by the head of the CDC Friday comes as Congress is at odds over funding to fight the virus that is spreading locally in Florida.

“If we are not able to find money somewhere we can’t support staff in the response,” CDC Director Tom Frieden said in a briefing with reporters Friday in Washington.

If CDC staff is doing work on Zika that is related to their core job requirements then they can be paid by CDC’s general budget, but the CDC has also borrowed people from other parts of the agency. Those people need to be paid via Zika funding. – READ MORE

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