Zika was noteworthy before it hit the United States, but now that it has shown up locally in Florida and cases continue to spread, calls for action have multiplied.

For weeks, Democrats and Republicans have been at odds over funding, with demands coming from numerous people to end this summer’s Congressional recess early to address the virus. Just yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced its $4.1 million agreement with Massachusetts-based Hologic to develop a better blood test to screen for Zika.

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