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Sen. Bill Nelson visiting Jupiter as researchers seek cure to Zika virus


JUPITER, Fla. - U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson will be in Jupiter on Thursday to meet with researchers who are working to develop a cure for the Zika virus.

Nelson’s visit comes about a week after the U.S. Senate approved legislation to speed up the development of vaccines and treatments for the disease. 

The legislation, which now awaits a vote in the House, would add the Zika virus to the Food and Drug Administration’s Tropical Disease Priority Review Voucher Program.  

If the legislation is approved, Nelson's office said it would create an incentive for drug makers to accelerate their search for a cure.

According to the World Health Organization, there are currently 15 drug makers working to develop a vaccine for the virus.  One of those companies is the Scripps Research Institute located in Jupiter.

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