CDC's Director Visiting Puerto Rico to Assess Zika Response

Public health experts fear the outbreak could result in hundreds of thousands of infected people in Puerto Rico during 2016 based on past experience with dengue and chikungunya, which are transmitted by the same mosquitoes.

Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will visit Puerto Rico during March 7-9 to assess in person CDC's support for the Zika response there. As of March 3, 103 cases of Zika virus infection in Puerto Rico residents had been reported to ArboNET, a surveillance system managed by CDC and state health departments, and public health experts fear the outbreak could result in hundreds of thousands of infected people in Puerto Rico during 2016 based on past experience with dengue and chikungunya, which are transmitted by the same mosquitoes, according to CDC.

There is increasing evidence that Zika virus infections in pregnant women cause microcephaly, a severe birth defect.

CDC is collaborating with the Puerto Rico Department of Health on the public health response to the outbreak. Frieden, M.D., MPH, is traveling to the island to emphasize the need for preparedness and prevention to reduce the public health impact, and he will meet with key public health officials and local leaders to assess how CDC and other U.S. government agencies can best support Puerto Rico's response to the outbreak. Frieden also will meet with CDC staff on the island and visit CDC's dengue lab, where Zika testing is under way, and will tour the Emergency Operations Center at the Puerto Rico Department of Health in San Juan.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Comply with OSHA’s Electronic Recordkeeping Requirements

    Collect relevant incident data and generate accurate OSHA 300, 300A, and 301 regulatory reports, including 300A CSV files for easy electronic submission to OSHA.

  • Complete Online Safety Training Courses

    Deliver state-of-the art, online safety training courses to your organization with IndustrySafe Training Management Software. Generate reports to track training compliance and automatically notify learners of upcoming or overdue classes.

  • Easy to Use Safety Inspection App

    Conduct inspections on the go with IndustrySafe’s mobile app. Complete safety audits at job sites and remote locations—with or without web access.

  • Track Key Safety Performance Indicators

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations to easily track safety KPIs and metrics. Gain increased visibility into your business’ operations and safety data.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus