CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden
Zika is coming.
To fully protect Americans we must have the funds we need.
At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention we’ve learned to expect the unexpected – but the ongoing Zika outbreak has caused dangers from a mosquito bite no one imagined: birth defects.
Zika Action Plan Summit Presentation
CDC Behind the Scenes: Biggest Challenges in Public Health Today
Director of the CDC, Dr. Tom Frieden, elaborates on the biggest public health challenges facing the U.S. and the world today.
These include infectious diseases like HIV and the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and noncommunicable disease issues like blood pressure, obesity and tobacco use.
He also touches on lessons learned from the Ebola crisis, flu season, and the importance of encouraging more baby-friendly hospitals.
Zika virus disease (Zika) spreads to people mainly through the bite by two species of infected mosquitoes, one of which is more likely to transmit Zika. In past outbreaks, most people have not gotten sick, so people may not even know they are infected. Based on current knowledge, the greatest risk for complications from Zika is to a pregnant woman’s fetus.
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