News Wrap: CDC plays down major Zika outbreak risk in U.S.

In our news wrap Monday, President Obama said he will ask Congress for more than $1.8 billion to fight the Zika virus, but top U.S. health officials downplayed the possibility of a major outbreak in the U.S. Also, rescuers in Taiwan pulled four more survivors from the wreckage of an earthquake that struck on Saturday. More than 100 people are missing, and at least 38 were killed.

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    Good evening. I'm Gwen Ifill.


    And I'm Judy Woodruff.


    On the "NewsHour" tonight: countdown to the New Hampshire primary. We hear the candidates' final pitches one day before voting.


    Also ahead: why NATO and the U.S. plan on beefing up military forces against Russia.


    And Miles O'Brien on the ground in Brazil, the center of the Zika virus outbreak.

  • DR. ADRIANA SCAVUZZI, Obstetrician, IMIP:

    Try to solve the medical problem won't be enough. You have to change the quality of people's life. Otherwise, you will not solve this problem.


    All that and more on tonight's "PBS NewsHour."


    And in the day's other news, President Obama says he will ask Congress for more than $1.8 billion to fight the Zika virus. It's to be part of the budget he rolls out tomorrow. But top health officials today played down the chances of a major Zika outbreak inside the United States.

    At a White House briefing, Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention counseled calm.

    DR. ANNE SCHUCHAT, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: We do expect to see infection in people who have traveled and are returning home, but we aren't expecting large-scale amounts of serious Zika infection. The recommendations for pregnant women were so that we could reduce the chances that pregnant women would unknowingly step into harm's way.


    The virus is suspected of causing birth defects in Brazil and is spreading across Latin America. And there was word today that the U.S. Olympic Committee is now advising athletes that they should bypass the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro if they're worried about Zika.


    The political shockwaves from North Korea's latest missile launch are still reverberating. This Japanese TV footage shows the missile in flight shortly after Sunday's launch. But in comments aired today, President Obama told CBS that it came as no surprise.


    I think that we have been concerned about North Korea's behavior for a while. This is an authoritarian regime. It's provocative. It has repeatedly violated U.N. resolutions.


    North Korea says it placed a satellite in orbit. U.S. officials say it's really cover for efforts to develop missiles that can carry nuclear warheads.


    Rescuers in Taiwan have pulled four more survivors from the wreckage of Saturday's earthquake. At least 38 people died in the quake that was centered in Southern Taiwan. More than 100 others are still missing. Two of those carried to safety today were 8-year-old-girl and her aunt who spent more than 60 hours trapped in a toppled apartment building.


    There's been more tragedy in the Aegean Sea. Turkish officials say 27 people died in a shipwreck off Northwestern Turkey. The country's coast guard recovered many of the bodies, with coffins waiting ashore for the victims. More than 370 people have died since January 1 trying to make the crossing to Greece.


    A new Syrian government offensive is driving thousands more refugees toward Turkey. The Syrians advanced again today, north of the city of Aleppo, with the help of Russian warplanes and Iranian fighters.

    Jonathan Rugman of Independent Television News filed this report from inside Turkey. Some of the images may be disturbing.


    It was just after this Syrian child had been carried in an ambulance in Aleppo yesterday that another bomb fell.

    The bombs don't discriminate, and the fighting for Aleppo is now so intense that the Turks say up to 30,000 Syrian refugees are now camped out along their border. From the Turkish side, we can't see any of them. What we can see are tents and aid going across and ambulances coming out.

    Turkish hospitality appears to have reached its limit, though the cross-border trade in coffins could become even busier. Well, the Turks are certainly letting these aid trucks into Syria. They're just not letting the Syrian refugees come out.

    The Turks say they are full to capacity, that they're trying to prevent an even bigger refugee exodus. But there may be another motive at work here, because, by keeping Syrian civilians inside the Syrian border, the Turks are effectively creating a buffer zone between the Turks and Syrian government forces and Kurdish forces and so-called Islamic State.

    Of course, millions of Syrians were given sanctuary here before the border shut. They had assumed their relatives could join them, and now they can't. Syrian rebels are sending reinforcement also, but they now claim that government forces are just 16 miles from the Turkish border.

    And though the rebels are themselves using heavy weapons, Turkey and its Western allies are laying blame for the latest exodus firmly at the door of Russian airstrikes.


    Meanwhile, the leaders of Germany and Turkey agreed today to make new diplomatic efforts to end the fighting at Aleppo. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she is — quote — "not just appalled, but horrified" at the toll taken by Russian bombing.


    Back in this country, Wall Street started the week with a new sell-off, as bank and tech stocks led the way down. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 178 points to close at 16027. It had been down as much as 400 earlier in the day. The Nasdaq fell 79 points, and is now off 20 percent from its peak last year. And the S&P dropped 26.


    And Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos returned to the Mile High City today, this time as Super Bowl champions. The Broncos used a punishing defense to beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10 on Sunday. TV ratings show almost 112 million Americans tuned in for what was the third Super Bowl victory in the Broncos' history.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour": Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders court the middle class; campaign representatives and our Politics Monday duo break down what's at stake in New Hampshire; Brazil battles Zika amid Carnival; plus, what could be the biggest military buildup in Eastern Europe since the Cold War.

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