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Experts Attending White House Zika Summit Urge State, Local Officials To Take Actions To Prevent Virus’s Spread

CNN: Experts gather at CDC for Zika summit
“…The daylong gathering convened exactly 10 weeks after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sounded the alarm on Zika virus by issuing its first travel advisory. Four-hundred twenty-five local, state, and federal health officials and experts in maternal medicine and mosquito control spent the day at the agency’s headquarters getting the latest information and sharing ideas. An additional 2,500 people watched from afar via webcast…” (Goldschmidt/LaMotte, 4/1).

National Geographic: As Zika Advances, Can the U.S. Cope?
“…Scientists, political appointees, and public health experts urged [state, local and tribal officials, members of nonprofits, and representatives of private companies] to find a way to pull together groups who seldom have a reason to communicate: health departments, academic physicians, community well-baby clinics, birth-defect surveillance programs, mosquito-control workers, even garbagemen and gardeners…” (McKenna, 4/1).

New York Times: In Miami, Facing Risk of Zika With Resolve but Limited Resources
“…Scientists do not believe that the United States will have a runaway Zika epidemic, but most agree that mosquitoes here will eventually acquire it and that they could start infecting people, leading to local flare-ups…” (Tavernise, 4/1).

USA TODAY: White House convenes summit on Zika virus
“… ‘If we wait until we see widespread transmission in the United States, if we wait until the public is panicking because they’re seeing babies born with birth defects, we will have waited too late,’ said Amy Pope, the White House deputy homeland security adviser and deputy assistant to President Barack Obama…” (Szabo, 4/1).

Wall Street Journal: CDC Warns Local Health Agencies to Prepare for Zika Virus
“…Zika, which has been linked to severe birth defects in unborn children, is spreading already in U.S. territories, including Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa, but it hasn’t been transmitted so far by mosquitoes within the 50 U.S. states…” (McKay, 4/1).

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