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U.S. to Send Rapid-Response Teams When Zika Hits Here

           

A mosquito is seen under a microscope at the Los Angeles County Vector Control District. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

washingtonpost.com - by Lena H. Sun - June 10, 2016

U.S. health officials plan to send a rapid-response team to any community on the mainland and in Hawaii where the mosquito-borne Zika virus begins to be transmitted locally — even if only a single case of infection is confirmed.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is prepared to deploy experts to help state and local authorities in monitoring cases, performing laboratory tests and increasing mosquito control as part of a multilevel response plan. The teams of 10-15 people will go only if invited by the state.

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CDC issues preparedness plan for locally acquired Zika cases

CLICK HERE - Zika - CDC Draft Interim Response Plan (58 page .PDF report)

news.aha.org - June 20, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week issued an interim plan for responding to locally acquired cases of Zika virus infection in the continental U.S. and Hawaii. As of June 15, only travel-associated cases have been reported in the continental U.S., including three infants born with birth defects and three pregnancy losses in U.S. states. The response plan outlines state and CDC activities to prevent and reduce local transmission once it has been identified.

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CLICK HERE - CDC - Zika Virus - State and Local Health Departments - Planning and Preparedness

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