(CNN) – NASA is helping in the battle against Zika. Scientists created a forecast map showing the potential spread of the virus in the United States.
A person can see the southern and eastern U.S. are at higher risks as the warmer summer temperatures creep in. Zika is mostly spread through mosquito bites. The symptoms include fever, rash and joint pain. The illness is usually mild, however, Zika infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects.
Right now the White House is locked in a battle with Congress for funding to fight the virus. Josh Earnst, White House press secretary, said: “In this situation, we do have an opportunity, we have months that could’ve been used to prepare for the onset of this virus.”
Paul Ryan, a house speaker, explains, “We will sit down with the appropriators to figure out the best way forward, to make sure we’re good stewards of the taxpayer’s money, and to make sure that we have what we need to combat and stay ahead of the Zika virus issue.”
NASA scientists hope the new map will help the U.S. target future search-and-destroy missions for infected mosquitos.