CHICAGO (CBS) — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin met with doctors in Chicago on Tuesday to discuss the Zika virus, and to urge Congress to approve funding to fight the disease.
Dr. Michael Angarone, an infectious disease specialist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, said research funded by the federal government would help him provide answers to patients bout Zika.
“How do we counsel our patients and these people that have all these questions that, in reality, we don’t have many answers for?” he said after meeting with Durbin.
The senator said Congress should approve emergency funds to fight Zika within the next two weeks, before it recesses until September.
“The mosquitos are not going to wait. The Zika virus is not going to wait. Congress shouldn’t wait either,” he said.