But those funds really do need to be released soon.
The Rio 2016 OIympics began in the midst of a political crisis, a deep recession, and bad press that has already branded them a disaster.
Scientists have been sharing data and collaborating to develop a vaccine at a breakneck pace.
Florida is now the first state to see an outbreak of the virus transmitted locally from mosquitos, with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dispatching teams to assist in the response.
The country's health authorities say the population must nevertheless continue protecting itself against contracting the virus that “is here to stay.”
Raonic, the No. 7 ranked men's player in the world, joins a growing list of athletes who have passed on Rio.
As the wait for Congress to pass a Zika funding bill drags on, case counts continue to rise.
A Republican plan that failed on Tuesday in Congress would have provided $1.1 billion in funding to combat the Zika virus.
Scientists studying the Zika outbreak in Brazil say previous exposure to dengue, another mosquito-borne virus, may exacerbate the potency of infection.
The current world number-four was set to compete in Rio in August, but has now withdraw himself from consideration citing concerns over the Zika virus.
With the warm summer months here and the number of Zika cases in the US on the rise, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are getting anxious about how to respond to another emerging health pandemic with no emergency solution in sight.