Zika: Selected Law and Policy Resources

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Zika virus disease is spread to people primarily through the bite of infected Aedes species mosquitoes (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus). The illness is generally mild, with many people showing no symptoms. However, Zika can also be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus during pregnancy, or to her baby, around the time of birth, and infection can lead to serious birth defects. Zika can also be sexually transmitted from an infected person to his or her partner(s). As cases of Zika have been increasingly reported in the United States, Zika preparedness and response has continued to be a public health concern and a public health law issue.

This resource list has been created for healthcare and public health lawyers to stay up to date on Zika-related legal and policy issues. The following resources describe and discuss law and policy topics related to Zika. The list includes both specific sources related to Zika preparedness and response as well as more general resources on the topic.

For more information on Zika—including updates on cases, information on symptoms, testing,  treatment, and other resources―visit CDC’s Zika Virus webpage.

Briefs and Fact Sheets

Presentations and Webcasts


Acknowledgments and Disclaimers

This document was developed by Hillary Li, JD candidate at the University of North Carolina School of Law, extern with the Public Health Law Program (PHLP) within the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The author thanks Montrece Ransom, JD, MPH, Greg Sunshine, JD, and Dawn Pepin, JD, MPH for their research and editorial assistance.

For further technical assistance with this inventory, please contact phlawprogram@cdc.gov. PHLP provides technical assistance and public health law resources to advance the use of law as a public health tool. PHLP cannot provide legal advice on any issue and cannot represent any individual or entity in any matter. PHLP recommends seeking the advice of an attorney or other qualified professional with questions regarding the application of law to a specific circumstance. The findings and conclusions in this summary are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC.

Published February 16, 2017. 

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