Transmitted through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito, Zika is the first virus in more than 50 years to be linked to microcephaly and other serious birth defects, and poor pregnancy outcomes. As of June 22, 2016, there have been no reports of locally acquired cases of Zika in the U.S. However, travel associated cases have been reported in each state, and it’s increasingly important that jurisdictions most likely to have the Aedes species mosquito begin to plan and implement preparedness efforts early. As there is no specific vaccine or treatment for Zika virus, and symptoms of acute infection are usually mild and self-resolving, among the most important steps for state and local public health agencies, and their health system partners, relate to community-based vector control and bite prevention.
This webinar will explore vector control in the time of Zika. Speakers will provide an overview of the public health problem posed by Zika, including an update on legal and policy approaches used to address the virus, both internationally and domestically. Panelists will highlight ways in which emergency declarations and executive powers have been used historically to address mosquito-borne virus outbreaks. Presenters will also discuss the legal framework for community mosquito control, and will offer information on how law and policy can be used to prevent the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases, such as Zika.
Montrece McNeill Ransom, J.D., M.P.H., Team Lead - Public Health Law Training and Workforce Development, Public Health Law Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention