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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Long-delayed funding to combat the Zika virus is included in an emergency spending bill designed to keep the U.S. government running through mid-December, according to published reports on Wednesday.
President Barack Obama in February asked Congress for $1.9 billion in emergency spending to fight Zika.
The debate over additional Zika funding had pitted Republicans against Democrats. Republicans were opposed to allowing some of the funding to go to Planned Parenthood in Puerto Rico because of that group's connection to abortion services. But Republicans dropped their opposition earlier this month.
Florida is the only state in the continental United States to report local mosquito transmission of Zika, with an estimated 100 cases in the Miami area. There have been no cases of microcephaly in Florida.
-- HealthDay staff
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