EDISON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) was calling Wednesday for an immediate federal response to the growing Zika virus crisis.
As WCBS 880’s Kelly Waldron reported, more than 7,300 Americans have been infected with the mosquito-borne virus, and nearly 1,000 pregnant women show signs of infection.READ MORE: Caught On Video: Police Say Man Suspected Of Robbing 7 Unsuspecting Seniors In The Bronx
Fifteen children have been born with birth defects as a result.
Menendez on Wednesday was calling for an emergency session of Congress to approve federal funding to respond to the crisis. For him, it is personal.READ MORE: Gabby Petito's Family Speaks Publicly For 1st Time Since Her Body Was Found: 'We Can't Let Her Name Be Taken In Vain'
“My daughter is five months pregnant with her first child and what would be my first grandchild,” Menendez said. “She lives in Miami in the eye of the storm.”MORE NEWS: New York City Teachers, Staff Face New Vaccine Deadline, But Some Look To Push Legal Battle To Supreme Court
Menendez said federal funding would advance development of the Zika vaccine and provide state and local governments with the resources to continue preventative mosquito control efforts and respond to health emergencies.