Sen. Sherrod Brown introduces bill for Zika vaccine

A Summit County resident tested positive for the virus, which is one of nine cases in Ohio

Sherrod Brown talks about new drug statistics from the CDC.

WASHINGTON (WKBN) – Senator Sherrod Brown says Americans shouldn’t be alarmed by Zika, but he has introduced a bill that would give more money to scientists working to contain the virus.

“To accelerate their research on a vaccine for the Zika virus and for an anti-retroviral that can be like an antibiotic against this virus,” he said.

Health officials confirmed more cases of the Zika virus throughout the country, including someone living in Summit County who tested positive earlier this week.

The positive case in Summit County is one of nine in Ohio and one of 346 positive cases nationally. There are more people with the virus in Florida than in any other state, with 88 reported cases.

Symptoms are usually mild and appear two to seven days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. The most serious complications linked to the virus are those that can be transmitted from a pregnant mother to her child.

Summit County Public Health leaders say the public is not at any threat for the Zika virus. So far, everyone in the 50 states who have tested positive for Zika got the disease when they traveled to another country or territory.

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