SUNY Upstate Medical University Could Help World Battle Zika Virus

Wednesday, May 4, 2016


SUNY Upstate Medical University should play a leading role in finding ways to treat and prevent the mosquito-borne Zika virus that has swept across Latin America, threatening the United States, according to U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer.

In a visit Wednesday to SUNY Upstate, Schumer, D-N.Y., said Congress should approve $1.9 billion in emergency funding to fight the fast-growing epidemic and help come up with treatments and a vaccine.

Pregnant women infected with Zika can give birth to babies with microcephaly and other severe brain defects. The virus is spread by mosquitoes, but also can be transmitted through sexual contact.

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