This morning the CDC released two press releases on Zika. First, to announce that the CDC Director travels to Puerto Rico to assess Zika response next week, and second, the CDC will sponsor a 1 day Zika Summit on April 1st in Atlanta.
CDC Telebriefing: Zika Action Plan Summit
For Immediate Release: Friday, March 4, 2016
Contact: CDC Media Relations
Zika Action Plan Summit
CDC is hosting a one-day Zika Action Plan Summit as the nation faces likely local mosquito-borne transmission of Zika virus in some places in the continental United States. The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa are already experiencing active mosquito-borne transmission. The U.S. government has planned this Summit to provide state and local senior officials with the information and tools needed to improve Zika preparedness and response within their states and jurisdictions.
Participants will hear the latest scientific knowledge about Zika, including implications for pregnant women and strategies for mosquito control. This meeting will also provide an opportunity to increase knowledge of best communications practices and identify possible gaps in preparedness and response at the federal, state, and local levels and help begin to address possible gaps.
The anticipated outcome of the summit is to arm state and local leaders with the necessary knowledge and technical support to have a comprehensive Zika Readiness Action Plan for their jurisdiction, including plans for preparedness and response activities.
State and local senior officials
Representatives from multiple federal departments involved in Zika response
Representatives from non-government organizations
Save the Date, Friday, April 1, 2016
CDC Headquarters 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta GA 30329; sessions may be available by video conference.