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Zika Is Here, And America Has No Plan to Fight It

Experts agree funding, public education and public concern are crucial. Right now, we’re 0 for 3.

There have been more than 18,000 cases of Zika in the U.S. and its territories. Congress, however, still hasn’t allocated one penny of funding to fight the disease.

Researchers are using what resources they have to better understand both the virus—how it enters the body, how it behaves, and how it’s passed to other people—and the mosquitoes that carry it. While there are many paths to conquering the growing threat, one thing experts agree on is a need for more public education on how to avoid infection. What people will learn is that the seemingly mundane task of making sure your backyard doesn’t have standing water is the most critical component of this strategy.