U.S. Government Responding To Zika Virus Outbreak, Working With International Partners

The Atlantic: What the Federal Government Is Saying About the Zika Virus
“…[S]o far, as the world has watched the virus spread in the Americas, the Obama administration and federal health agencies have argued that this is no time to panic. Though Zika virus — a West Nile relative that’s ‘spreading explosively’ in the Western Hemisphere — will likely cause outbreaks in the continental United States, officials so far expect them to be limited…” (Kelly, 2/2).

Military Times: Zika virus: Pentagon will relocate at-risk family members
“Pregnant family members of active-duty personnel and civilian Defense Department employees assigned to areas affected by the Zika virus will be offered voluntary relocation, a Defense Department official said Monday…” (Kime, 2/1).

Reuters: U.S. adds four more countries to Zika travel alert list
“…The CDC added American Samoa, Costa Rica, Curacao, and Nicaragua to a list of 28 other regions, on the day the World Health Organization declared the virus — linked to thousands of suspected cases of birth defects in Brazil — an international public health emergency…” (Grover, 1/1).

Reuters: CDC director says WHO declaration ‘calls world to action’ on Zika
“… ‘CDC, along with the entire U.S. government, is actively involved in the world’s Zika response and working 24/7 to learn more about the virus and protect health,’ Frieden said in a statement emailed to Reuters…” (Steenhuysen, 2/1).

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