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Zika Preparedness and Response: A Public Health and Legal Perspective

posted on Thu, Mar 3 2016 11:37 am by The Network

Friday, March from 18 - 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET.

With the World Health Organization declaring Zika a public health emergency, and with travel associated cases being reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from U.S. states, it is critical that healthcare and public health practitioners and providers, and their legal counsel, begin to consider the role of law and policy in Zika preparedness and response efforts. Unlike Ebola, legal preparedness and response to Zika will not rely on isolation and quarantine. Because the Zika virus is transmitted primarily by mosquito, legal issues concerning mosquito abatement and international travel are at the heart of legal preparedness efforts. Speakers will provide an overview of the public health problem posed by Zika, including disease characteristic basics and current guidance for healthcare providers, discuss the domestic legal framework for addressing the virus, including a discussion of executive powers for mosquito abatement, and  highlight ways to coordinate health care and public health legal preparedness efforts.


  • Steve Monroe, Ph.D., Associate Director for Laboratory Science and Safety, Office of the Associate Director for Laboratory Science and Safety (OADLSS), CDC
  • Gregory Sunshine, J.D., Public Health Analyst, Carter Consulting, Inc., Public Health Law Program, CDC
  • Robert Eadie, J.D., Health Officer and Administrator, Monroe County Health Department, Monroe County, Fl  
  • Melissa Markey, Esq., Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, PLLC, Troy, MI


  • Montrece McNeill Ransom, J.D., M.P.H., Team Lead, Public Health Law Training and Workforce Development


This webinar is co-sponsored by the Network and CDC’s Public Health Law Program, along with the Partnership for Public Health Law, the American Bar Association Health Law Section’s Government Attorneys Task Force and the Public Health and Policy Interest Group and the American Health Lawyers Association.