Follow live: Is Texas prepared for a Zika virus outbreak?

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2016 file photo of aedes aegypti mosquitoes are seen in a mosquito cage at a laboratory in Cucuta, Colombia. Congress is ready to act on President Barack Obama’s long-stalled request for emergency funds to combat the Zika virus, which has been linked to serious birth defects and other major health problems. Obama requested $1.9 billion three months ago for several purposes, including creating a vaccine for the disease, taking steps to control the mosquitoes that spread Zika and helping other countries battle the virus. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan, File)

FILE – In this Feb. 11, 2016 file photo of aedes aegypti mosquitoes are seen in a mosquito cage at a laboratory in Cucuta, Colombia. Congress is ready to act on President Barack Obama’’s long-stalled request for emergency funds to combat the Zika virus, which has been linked to serious birth defects and other major health problems. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan, File)

The Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee will discuss the state’s preparedness to respond to a potential outbreak of the Zika virus at 1 p.m. The state will hear from the Texas Department of State Health Services and various county health officials, as well as medical schools.

Follow live as the American-Statesman’s Julie Chang covers the hearing.

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