King, Nelson, Burr, Rubio Reintroduce Bill to Fight the Spread of Zika Virus Reintroduce Bill to Fight the Spread of Zika Virus & Other Mosquito-Borne Illnesses
Bipartisan legislation aims to give states and localities tools to control and eliminate mosquitos carrying Zika
BigNews.Biz - Apr 11,2017 - King, Nelson, Burr, Rubio Reintroduce Bill to Fight the Spread of Zika Virus & Other Mosquito-Borne Illnesses
Bipartisan legislation aims to give states and localities tools to control and eliminate mosquitos carrying the Zika virus
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that one in 10 pregnant women confirmed with the Zika virus gave birth to a child with virus-related birth defects, U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation that would help give states and localities the tools they need to fight back against mosquitos and the viruses they carry. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has also signed on as an original cosponsor of the bill.
The Strengthening Mosquito Abatement for Safety and Health (SMASH) Act would reauthorize critical public health tools that support states and localities in their mosquito surveillance and control efforts, especially those linked to mosquitos that carry the Zika virus, and improve the nation’s preparedness for Zika and other mosquito-borne threats.
“With the summer months approaching, people will once again face the threat of the Zika virus, which has been shown to have a terrible impact on women and has been linked to birth defects in children. As public health experts have repeatedly told us, it’s only a matter of time before the Zika virus becomes a serious problem,” Senator King said. “That’s why we need to take immediate action to fight back against the spread of the virus – and states and localities are where the battle can most effectively be fought. After all, Maine has been battling insect-borne diseases like Lyme for decades. So by giving states the tools they need, we can help control the spread of mosquitos and their viruses, and better protect people across the country.”
“One of the best ways to curb the spread of this virus is to eliminate the mosquitoes that carry it,” Senator Nelson said. “As we head into these warmer summer months, we need to make sure our local mosquito-control boards have the resources they need to protect their communities.”
“Families across the state of North Carolina are looking forward to warmer weather, and now is the time to take important steps to combat mosquitos that can spread the Zika virus,” said Senator Burr. “The SMASH Act reauthorizes public health programs that can help communities in North Carolina and across America find and control mosquitos that spread Zika and other serious diseases. I am committed to protecting North Carolinians from Zika and the SMASH Act will help us be better prepared for this and the future threats we may face.”
“With the summer months around the corner, the threat of the Zika virus is once again a concern for Florida, Puerto Rico and other parts of our country,” Senator Rubio said. “We must take proactive measures now to ensure the safety and health of all Americans. It is extremely important that states and localities have the tools they need to combat