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Zika plan clears Senate, faces hurdle in the...

Posted at 7:46 AM, May 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-20 07:46:14-04
WASHINGTON (AP) -A $1.1 billion plan to combat the Zika virus has cleared the Senate with bipartisan support.
 
It's less than the $1.9 billion sought three months ago by President Barack Obama.
 
The White House says Obama is set to veto a House version, which totals only $622 million.
 
Zika, which is spread by mosquitoes and sexual contact, can cause severe birth defects.
 
Federal health officials say more than 500 people in the continental U.S. have contracted the virus.
 
In Florida, 122 people have caught the Zika virus, 5 of those cases were in Southwest Florida.