- - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Senate Democrats are correct: The money to battle Zika needs to come now (“Senate Dems to Mitch McConnell: Take up $2B Zika request now,” Web, April 18). Global health is a concern for all of us. Zika is spreading, and with the coming of warm weather and mosquitoes it is only a matter of time until it explodes in America.

Global funds to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria have helped reduce the number of deaths from these three pandemics, and they are strengthening health-care systems in 150 countries. This means that in the future less will be required of America. But right now health problems such as Ebola and the Zika virus need extra help from us.

Citizens should join with this group of Democratic senators and/or call or write their representatives to ask them to appropriate this money to battle Zika — before the virus becomes an even larger and more expensive problem.

WILLIE DICKERSON

Snohomish, Wash.


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