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Zika 'Scarier than we initially thought': A disaster in the making ‪

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Guest Dr. Edward McCabe -
Senior Vice President and Medical Director the March of Dimes Foundation

State Health Officials Urged to Get Ready Now for Zika in US.

At the “Zika Summit” on Friday, experts prodded some 300 state and local officials gathered at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters to make Zika response plans now.

“This is an opportunity to get ahead of the curve,” he told the summit’s attendees.

Topics of discussion

What is Zika Virus?

What other ways is it spread besides mosquito bites?

What is different about the Zika carrying mosquitos?

Where is it most prominent and where is it expected to spread?

What are the symptoms?

What are the risks to pregnant women?

What types of birth defects are we now seeing?

We now know it is not just the first trimester of pregnancy that are a concern for birth defects, what do pregnant women need to know?

How is Zika being transmitted through sexual activity?

Why are pregnant women being asked to obstain from sex during pregnancy?

Why women who are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant should not travel unless an "absolute emergency"?

How do we protect ourselves?

What type of insect repellent can be used on pregnant women?

Emergency funding and plans to stop the spread here in the United States