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How the AP-NORC poll on the Zika virus was conducted

Most of the $589 million would be devoted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for research on the virus and Zika-related birth defects, as well as the creation of response teams to limit its spread.

Puerto Rico, a USA territory, has been the epicenter of the outbreak affecting the United States thus far, with 349 cases, all acquired from mosquitoes.

The White House on Wednesday issued a dire warning to Republicans in Congress: Spend money to prevent the Zika virus from spreading within the United States or regret it later. "Today we reiterate our call on Congress to take immediate action to provide the full requested amount". The Obama Administration just announced it will divert almost $600 million previously earmarked to fight Ebola to combat the spread of Zika, ABC News reported.

"I want to be very clear that our $1.9 billion request remains our $1.9 billion request", Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan said.

"It is inexcusable that the Republican majority's failure to consider emergency supplemental funding to respond to the Zika virus, forced the administration to redirect funding that is still needed to monitor and respond to the potential re-emergence of the deadly Ebola virus", Lowey said.

The Zika virus has been linked to microcephaly - a condition in which a developing fetus' brain fails to fully grow and babies are born with unusually small heads - as well as Guillain-Barre syndrome, which causes the body to attack its own nerves.

UConn rolls to 4th consecutive national title behind Stewart
National Player of the Year Breanna Stewart had 24 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in UConn's 82-51 victory over Syracuse. Last night, the UConn women's basketball team won its fourth straight NCAA Championship by defeating the Syracuse Orange.

Samsung estimates 7.5 per cent gain in 1Q operating profit
That represents a 10 percent gain from KRW 6 trillion a year earlier. Samsung's pricing strategy also helped boost phone sales. Second, Samsung's 3D NAND business is moving ahead.

Clinton hits Sanders on gun control, sharpens attacks
That's a result of a change to the state's primary rules, a spokeswoman for the New York Republican State Committee told ABC News. According to a McClatchy-Marist poll released yesterday, Sanders has a two-point lead over Clinton, 49 to 47 per cent.

There are reports that almost 700 Americans already have been infected with Zika.

Only a quarter of people said USA athletes should withdraw from the Olympics in Brazil this summer.

Health officials in Montgomery County are getting ready for mosquito season. In the latter case, the WHO confirmed an outbreak in March 2014 but did not declare a public health emergency until five months later, after almost 1,000 people had died of Ebola in West Africa, according to the Chicago Tribune. The disease can be sexually transmitted.

Burwell added there are 672 confirmed cases of Zika in the US, including 64 pregnant women.

The National Institutes of Health is slated to start testing Zika vaccines in September, but a successful vaccine could be years away, officials said.

Without this money, the administration said, mosquito surveillance and control, vaccine development, and diagnostic testing improvements will be hindered.

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