I urge everyone to listen to this show, especially those concerned with CDC's warnings about risk of zika later in the spring and summer months. I hope the show will focus on what residents can do to reduce their risk such as using screens, draining standing water, flypaper and use of larvacides.
From Diane Rehm show today.
Why Many U.S. Health Officials Are Calling For Urgent Action Against Zika
In the last one to two years the Zika virus has infected more than a million people. Most have mild or no symptoms, but a pregnant woman can transmit the virus to her developing fetus leading to possible birth defects, stunted brain development and premature birth. The mosquito which can carry this virus is in about 30 states. Health officials say there's no crisis now but that preparedness is essential. In February the Obama administration asked Congress for $1.9 billion in emergency funding, but so far, congress has yet to act. Please join us to talk about the health risks posed by Zika and efforts to contain its spread.
Dr. Anthony Fauci director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health
Dr. Jeanne Sheffield division director, maternal-fetal medicine dept of gynecology and obstetrics, Johns Hopkins Medicine