Rep. Gene Green Statement on First Baby with Zika-Related Microcephaly Born in Texas
WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Gene Green (TX-29), the Ranking Member for the Subcommittee on Health, released the following statement today in response to a baby boy born with microcephaly in Harris County, and who is the first Zika-affected infant in Texas:
“As the Ranking Democratic Member for the Subcommittee on Health, the well-being of Americans is foremost on my mind. The news of a baby born with microcephaly in Harris County both reminds us of the health risks posed to pregnant women and newborns and the urgency for Congress to adequately and responsibly fund our response to the Zika virus.
“I have repeatedly called for my colleagues in Congress to act because I understand the alarming public health threat that Zika poses. Funding to fight the Zika virus must be treated as the emergency that it is, similar to past public health emergencies like Ebola and the H1N1 viruses,” said Congressman Gene Green. “Failure to do so is a failure to lead and fulfill our responsibility to protect the American people. Our response to this serious national challenge demands swift action, and it should not be at the expense of other public health priorities. ”
“I remind families and women trying to become pregnant, who are currently pregnant, or who are thinking about becoming pregnant, to talk with their doctor before traveling to the areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing and to strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during the trip. To prevent Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases, everyone should take steps to prevent mosquito bites, such as removing standing water from their property and using insect repellant that is safe for their skin.”
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