Republicans initially resisted providing new funds for Zika, arguing leftover money from the recent Ebola outbreak should be used first. The money are needed to reduce the risk of the Zika virus, particularly in pregnant women, to develop new tools, including vaccines and better diagnostics and to conduct crucial research projects needed to better understand the impacts of the Zika virus on infants and children,” the White House said in a statement. Better controlling the mosquitoes that spread Zika is a major goal. The spread and impact of the Zika virus is yet another wake-up call for the global community, following the Ebola crisis. It is a public health emergency because according to the WHO, as many as 4 million Zika cases are predicted in the Western hemisphere alone by the end of 2016.