How badly can a crisis be managed? Zika shows us just how badly.
The Obama administration is looking to ease public fears over the Zika virus as it becomes increasingly likely that the mosquito-borne disease will spread to the U.S.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Wednesday that federal officials are planning a “conspicuous, concerted effort” to communicate the risks of the disease, making clear that it poses a far different — and less severe — threat than the recent Ebola epidemic.
While both viruses had a rapid spread, the Ebola virus can be fatal for anyone who becomes infected, while the Zika virus is most dangerous to women who are pregnant. Healthy, non-pregnant adults who contract the Zika virus will encounter symptoms like a “mild form of dengue fever,” Earnest said.
“Certainly the risk to pregnant women and women who may become pregnant is serious. But it’s also important for people to understand, if you’re a man, or you’re not pregnant, that the impact of the virus is relatively mild,” Earnest said. “We want to make sure people are properly educated about the risks of this virus.”
Obama, February 2016:
“There shouldn’t be panic on this. This is not something where people are going to die from it.
A man infected with Zika virus in Puerto Rico has died from complications of the infection, health officials said Friday.
The man, in his 70s, died from internal bleeding caused by a rare immune reaction to the virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
It’s the first death in the United States from Zika virus.
SALT LAKE CITY — An elderly Salt Lake County resident who died in late June is the first confirmed Zika-related death in the continental U.S., health officials announced Friday.
The individual traveled to a Zika-infected area earlier this year and was awaiting Zika testing results when he or she died, according to Salt Lake County Health Department Director Gary Edwards.
He said officials found the cause of death to be “of suspicion” and later received test results confirming that the individual had Zika.
Nearly 200 US Pregnant Women Confirmed with Zika
obama diverted $500 million of Ebola funds to fight Zika.
NIH official says Zika poses no threat to pregnant women in U.S.
But that was only so he could divert $500 million of Zika funds to UN Climate Fund.
Three babies are born with Zika-related birth defects.
The list of Zika-related birth defects grows.
This Zika thing really is a problem.
WASHINGTON: Top health officials warned Wednesday that the Zika virus threatens much of the Western Hemisphere, with Florida, Puerto Rico and Brazil in the crosshairs.
At a Senate hearing convened by Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, three senior U.S. government experts urged Congress to pass a $1.1 billion Zika-prevention bill that has been stalled by partisan politics.
“We have made difficult decisions and redirected resources from other important public health activities to support our most critical needs,” Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told senators on a Senate Foreign Affairs subcommittee focused on the Western Hemisphere.
CDC says 400 pregnant women in U.S. with evidence of Zika infection
Democrats are taking the Zika issue so seriously that they blocked funding for Zika because the bill did not have a kickback for Planned Parenthood.
Baby with Zika-related birth defects born in Alameda County
Baby with Zika-linked birth defect dies in Texas