US President Barack Obama has called for increased study on development of tests, vaccines and treatments to fight the quickly spreading Zika virus.
Zika virus is transmitted by mosquitoes and has been linked wave of birth defects in Brazil. It is feared in warmer months the virus could spread to the United States.
In a released statement the White House said more efforts in research is being emphasized by the president to make available better diagnostic tests, to develop vaccines and therapeutics.
In Brazil it has been linked to brain damage in babies and as of now there is no vaccine or treatment for the Zika virus, which is a close cousin of chikungunya and dengue.
It is said about 80 percent of the infected people have no symptoms and it becomes difficult for pregnant women to know if they are infected.
The infected people are said to get mild fever and rash.
The World Health Organization (WHO) predicted Monday the Zika virus would spread across America except Chile and Canada.
Meanwhile, a Virginia resident is reported to have been tested positive of Zika virus after traveling outside the United States.