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One year later: Zika reflections and a look ahead

On January 22, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention activated its Emergency Operations Center to fight Zika, which is one of the most complex outbreak responses in the agency’s history.

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Protecting Women from Zika in Puerto Rico

Last summer, Tashira, 22, of Puerto Rico got pregnant with her second child. Tashira didn’t plan to have another baby so soon, but she got pregnant when she ran out of birth control pills. During one summer visit to a health clinic in a San Juan shopping mall, Tashira disclosed her anxiety about the current Zika virus outbreak and the link between Zika infection during pregnancy and birth defects.

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Campaign Empowers Puerto Rican Women, Communities to Stop Zika

Dr. Christine Prue spent 75 days on the ground in Puerto Rico earlier this year, leading a team that interviewed hundreds of pregnant women to gain insights into their perspectives about Zika.

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Raising Felix

Coralaideé Jiménez, a single mom living in San Juan, Puerto Rico, changes diapers, prepares bottles, and dresses her son, Felix, for school every day. And all night, she holds him. Felix is 11.

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Innovation Against Zika

What if you were given 48 hours to develop an innovative solution to a health threat like the Zika outbreak? This was the challenge presented to undergraduate students from five universities across the state of Texas gathered by Texas A&M University and The Zika Foundation this summer during a groundbreaking event. 

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Preventing Zika-related Birth Defects Through Contraception Access

We announced today that the Zika Contraception Access Network (Z-CAN) is now operational. Through this effort, we are working with generous donors and committed partners to provide a full range of contraceptive options free of charge to women wanting to delay or avoid pregnancy at this time.

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Puerto Rico Needs Our Help to Stop Zika

To help Puerto Rico bolster its response to Zika, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) last week declared a public health emergency at the request of the territory’s Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla. The public health emergency declaration shines a bright light on the needs in Puerto Rico.

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Seven Months into Zika Crisis, We Must Work Together To Fund Response

There are three actions our country must undertake to beat back Zika, and time is not on our side. This is the message from our President and CEO Judith Monroe, M.D., in a new op-ed posted today at CNBC.com. 

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Take Action Against Zika

Today in Caguas, Puerto Rico—about 20 miles from the capital of San Juan—the community is coming together for a Zika Action Day focused on protection against Zika. Participating in the event are representatives from the Puerto Rico Department of Health, CDC and corporate partners, including the day’s primary sponsor The Home Depot.

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Zika is Spreading, and More Funding is Needed to Stop It

To beat back Zika and protect pregnant women and their unborn children, more funding is needed—both from governments and the private sector. That’s the message from two members of the CDC Foundation’s board of directors in an op-ed that ran online at CNBC.com over the weekend.

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Our Priority is to Protect Pregnant Women from Zika

Yesterday I attended the Atlanta Press Club’s Newsmaker Luncheon where Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, had a fireside chat about combating the Zika virus.

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Take Three Actions Now to Zap Zika and Prevent Birth Defects

“When an earthquake hits, we understand the need to respond,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the National Press Club last week. “Now, imagine if you had the power to stop an earthquake. We, together, using the tools of public health, have the power to stop the health equivalent of many earthquakes that happen.”

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Fighting Zika, Empowering Pregnant Women

CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said recently that nothing about fighting the Zika virus is going to be easy or quick. Controlling the Aedes species mosquito is hard, and although we’re learning a lot quickly, there is still a lot we don't know.  Clearly, there is an urgent need to both learn more and do more—and all of us have a role to play.  

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Working with CDC and Partners to Meet Zika Response Needs

Zika virus “is probably the most complicated issue CDC has ever faced,” said Dr. Lyle Petersen, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) division of vector borne diseases and incident manager for CDC’s Zika response, in a recent Time interview. “Everything is not straightforward and every single center at CDC is involved, which is unprecedented.”

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CDC Releases New Vital Signs Focused on Zika and Pregnancy

Last week I was honored to participate in the national Zika Action Plan Summit at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On the same day as the Summit, CDC released a Vital Signs report on Zika.

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Coalitions Key to Stopping Global Outbreaks

In just the past few years, viruses with exotic-sounding names like Ebola, chikungunya and Zika have sounded the alarm on the connectedness of our world. If you’re like me, one question you probably ask is what’s next?

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Much Work Ahead to Understand and Address Zika Virus

On most peoples’ list of top trending stories so far for 2016 would have to be the Zika virus outbreak in the Americas and Caribbean. The Zika story is evolving and at present has more questions than answers. While we know that a primary transmission mechanism of Zika is through Aedes mosquito, there are many unknowns related to all modes of transmission as well as the virus’ effects on peoples’ health.

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Zika Outbreak: Activating Our Global and U.S. Response Funds

We’ve all seen the alarming stories recently about the Zika virus outbreak in many countries and territories in the Americas, the likelihood that the virus will continue to spread to new areas, and the potentially serious implications for pregnant women and infants.

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