Schumer Urges 3-Point Federal Plan to Fight Zika Virus

NEW YORK (AP) -
Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) speaks during the 30th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. in the Brooklyn borough of New York January 18, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Senator Charles Schumer. (Reuters/Brendan McDermid)

Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) says the federal government must act quickly to contain the Zika virus that has infected people in 23 countries in the Americas. Schumer is pushing for a three-point federal plan to fight the mosquito-borne virus.

The New York Democrat said Sunday that the U.S. Agency for International Development should increase its involvement in Zika-affected countries.

Second, Schumer says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health should begin a crash program to develop a vaccine for Zika.

Additionally, Schumer says the U.S. should push the World Health Organization to publicly declare a health emergency.

Schumer says his plan will help beat back the Zika virus globally.

Zika has been linked to serious birth defects.