Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, who represents a part of Shelton, is calling on Congress to immediately vote to provide the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with any added funding needed to fight Ebola.
On Tuesday, the first confirmed case of someone having Ebola in the United States was reported by public health officials. The victim is someone who had recently been in one of the West African countries being impacted by the often-fatal virus.
“I am saddened by the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. and extremely concerned by the threat it poses to our country,” said DeLauro, the senior Democrat on the subcommittee responsible for funding the CDC and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
‘Whatever resources are necessary’
“I recently met with the CDC director and told him during that conversation I would support whatever resources are necessary to fight this dangerous virus, both in the U.S. and West Africa…I want to publicly reiterate my pledge to support whatever additional money is necessary to ensure Ebola is contained,” DeLauro said.
“If the CDC, or any public health system, needs more resources, Congress should immediately come back to Washington and vote to provide those funds before the November election,” she continued.
DeLauro said the United States also needed to continue working on a vaccine and other treatments “to stop this virus in its tracks. Funding for biomedical research is crucial, and when Congress works on a funding bill in the coming months we need to ensure the NIH is fully funded.”
Two congressional districts in Shelton
DeLauro, a New Haven resident now in her 12th term, represents a part of eastern and southern Shelton that is the Third Congressional District.
Most of Shelton is in the Fourth Congressional District, represented by U.S. Rep. Jim Himes of Greenwich, a Democrat in his third term.