Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed what everyone has feared: The Zika virus is responsible for birth defects in unborn children. Evidence also suggests that Zika may cause neurological damage in adults.

Who knows what other suffering this virus might inflict?

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President Barack Obama and the CDC have requested emergency funds to help fund research into vaccines, discover Zika-specific diagnostics and aid state efforts to conduct surveillance for the emerging pathogen [“$500M to fight Zika,” News, April 7], but the Republican leadership in Congress wants to wait until September to approve the allocation.

Why wait? The time to act is now, before the mosquitoes multiply. Our elected officials should be in front of this issue, not behind it. Even if they want to play politics with their health, please don’t do so with mine.

John Koegel, Westbury