CDC Zika Virus Response Plan

On July 14th, 2016 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published it’s Draft Interim Response Plan to the current Zika virus outbreak. The plan proposes specific federal actions to be initiated when the United States sees its first locally acquired case of Zika virus infection.

The plan covers everything from mosquito control to focused assistance on states with a high risk or high occurrence of Zika virus infections, to providing contraceptives to prevent sexual transmission.

The release of the Draft Interim Response Plan coincides with the investigation of a case of person-to-person transmission of Zika in Utah. It also coincides with the first confirmed case of female-to-male sexual transmission of Zika virus.  Just yesterday, news outlets reported Florida was investigating four new cases of Zika virus infection that may have been locally acquired.

Since the Zika virus outbreak was first announced by the Pan American Health Organization in May 2015, the CDC has documented travel-associated Zika virus infection in 45 out of 50 states, with 1,305 cases confirmed.