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Strengthening MASH Act Would Support Mosquito Control Efforts, Stop Zika

The Hill: Why we must SMASH mosquitoes to stop Zika
Sens. Angus King (I-Maine), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.)

“…[W]e should take steps to invest in the tools we have to control mosquitoes and the programs we have to support mosquito control. That’s why we have introduced bipartisan legislation — the Strengthening [Mosquito Abatement for Safety and Health (MASH)] (SMASH) Act — that would authorize $130 million every year for the next five years for mosquito control. We are facing a long-term problem — the question is not whether we will spend our tax dollars to address this problem but when. We think it’s smarter that we make the investment both when it is cheaper and before people get sick. Let’s not be penny wise and dollar foolish when it comes to public health preparedness and protecting Americans. Instead, let’s learn from our history, take action now, and support the programs necessary to SMASH Zika and better prepare for the next mosquito-borne threat we may face” (7/12).

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