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Why Congress Needs to Vote Again on Zika

The public-health crisis keeps growing worse.
Zika research needs money.

Zika research needs money.

Photographer: Scott Olson/Getty Images

In the two months since Congress last failed to do anything about Zika, scientists have been busy uncovering disturbing new details about the virus. Now back in Washington, lawmakers have again rejected a bill to fund the Zika fight -- a failure Congress must reverse before its month-long session is over.

Since June, hundreds more Americans have been infected, including 35 bitten by virus-bearing mosquitoes in Florida. Several more babies have been delivered with Zika-related birth defects in the U.S. (and many more in Puerto Rico, where U.S. officials have declared a public health emergency).