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FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2016 file photo, samples of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, responsible for transmitting dengue and Zika, sit in a petri dish at the Fiocruz Institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. On Friday Friday, March 11, 2016, Puerto Rico's Health Department reported 201 confirmed Zika cases amid warnings the U.S. territory could face an epidemic of the mosquito-borne virus. Officials said Friday that 21 of those cases involve pregnant women. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
Posted at 11:33 AM, Apr 11, 2016
and last updated2016-04-11 15:07:50-04
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top health officials say the more they learn about Zika, the scarier the virus appears and they still need more money to fight the mosquitoes that spread it — and for research into vaccines and treatments.
Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health says he's "not an alarmist," but he cites recent discoveries about how destructive Zika appears to be to fetal brains. There also are reports of rare neurologic problems in adults, too.
The Obama administration is using some leftover money from the Ebola fight to pay for Zika research but that's just a fraction of the $1.9 billion it sought from Congress.
Fauci says the $589 million now available is a "temporary stopgap" and it's "not enough for us to get the job done."