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Zika Remains Threat To Pregnant Women, More Work Needed On Virus, CDC Director Says

Reuters: More work lies ahead to fight Zika, other threats: CDC chief
“A year ago, the mosquito-borne Zika virus was only beginning to reveal itself as a threat to pregnant women and their unborn babies. Since then, U.S. officials have issued 60 travel alerts along with guidance for athletes and tourists traveling to the Olympics in Rio. They have also deployed more than 1,000 experts to Puerto Rico and elsewhere, tested more than 147,000 lab specimens, initiated 25 major studies and issued more than 230 scientific publications. And the work is not done, said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…” (Steenhuysen, 11/30).

STAT: Zika threat isn’t over, CDC director warns pregnant women thinking about beach vacations
“…CDC Director Tom Frieden admitted he is worried that people may think the worst of Zika is over and that they can let down their guard. … The public’s take on Zika has been mixed, with many people dismissing it as an overblown problem. That contributes to the CDC’s concern that the lure of the beaches of the Caribbean and Central America might entice some U.S. travelers this winter who ought to stay away…” (Branswell, 12/30).

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