To further the search for strategies to control Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is hosting a two-day summit in Atlanta. The CDC Foundation is co-hosting the summit with support provided by Bayer, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Oak Foundation, Orkin and SC Johnson.
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.
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.
By Elizabeth-Ann Wieber | Posted on November 3, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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?
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.
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.
For the past 30 years, Jim Gathany has been documenting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) scientific achievements, its significant events, its facilities and its history. A Lens on CDC, the latest exhibit at CDC’s David J. Sencer Museum, celebrates Gathany’s long career, the artistry of both his scientific and documentary work and his incredible contributions to CDC.
America’s alarming opioid epidemic not only affects individuals and their families—it also impacts employers, their customers and entire communities. To share the challenges businesses face, and to help offer solutions, the CDC Foundation is pleased to feature CDC’s work in Business Pulse: Opioid Overdose Epidemic.
Two years ago Ebola ran rampant in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. While the Ebola epidemic there ended in 2016, the devastating effects of the virus continue to weigh on those who survived. Two survivors in recent months visited the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sharing their personal stories of Ebola and its aftermath, while also describing efforts to provide their communities with opportunities for hope, healing and recovery.