At our briefing for reporters at the National Press Club, NIH’s Anthony Fauci provided an update on the state-of-play of the Zika virus in the U.S. A panel representing federal, state and local officials then discussed details of how the response will be coordinated and where resources are needed.
The fight against the spread of the Zika virus has entered a new and domestically-focused phase with the announcement by the Florida Department of Health that the disease is being carried by mosquitoes in at least one Miami neighborhood. Zika virus infections, primarily spread through the bite of an Aedes aegypti mosquito, can cause a serious birth defect during pregnancy called microcephaly. There is also a possible link between Zika and Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), as well as acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM).
Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health
Rick Bright, acting director of the influenza division, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Kelly Murphy, health division program director, National Governors Association
LaMar Hasbrouck, executive director, National Association of County and City Health Officials
Marilyn Serafini of the Alliance for Health Reform and Rob Lott of Health Affairs moderated the discussion.
This briefing is a collaboration of the Alliance for Health Reform, Health Affairs and the Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis Foundation for Health and Policy.
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Anthony Fauci, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Speaker
Rick Bright, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, Speaker
Kelly Murphy, National Governors Association, Speaker
LaMar Hasbrouck, National Association of County & City Health Officials, Speaker