Vectors and Pest Control

HHS Declares a Public Health Emergency in Puerto Rico in Response to Zika Outbreak

At the request of Governor Alejandro García Padilla, U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today declared a public health emergency for Puerto Rico, signaling that the current spread of Zika virus poses a significant threat to public health in the Commonwealth relating to pregnant women and children born to pregnant women with Zika.

Congress Needs to Act on Zika Virus

The threat of Zika is real and growing every day. Environmental health professionals know that the best way to stop Zika is a strong investment in vector control programs and working within your communities at a profoundly local level.

After speaking with the scientific community, the White House asked Congress for a $1.9 billion investment to both combat Zika Virus and provide mosquito control in February 2016. That figure was turned down.

Remarks By President Obama on the Zika Virus

I just had an opportunity to get the most recent briefing from the Department of Health and Human Services, the CDC and NIH about the situation involving Zika.  And so I wanted to speak to the press just briefly about it, and the American public.

As all of you know, there has been an enormous spread of Zika throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, and Puerto Rico.  We have not yet seen cases that were transmitted on the continental United States, but we do know that the mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus exist on the continental United States.

Action Alert: Proposed Zika Legislation

We Need Your Help Today!

Please contact your Members of Congress and Senators ASAP to request that they support $1.9 billion in emergency funding for Zika.
As Environmental Health professionals, you all know that the best way to stop Zika is a strong investment in Vector Control programs and working within your communities.  The White House, after speaking with scientists from around the country, has asked for $1.9 billion investment to both combat Zika virus and provide mosquito control.

CDC Zika Diagnostics Conference Call

CDC Zika Diagnostics: Laboratory Capacity/Testing Interpretation Conference Call

Monday, June 13 , 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.  (Eastern) 

Call In Numbers:  210-839-8505 or 800-593-0370
Participant Pass Code: 5112757


Registration is not required to participate in the conferences, however participants are asked to follow the voice prompt instructions when dialing in to the conference to provide your name, organization, city, and state to assist in planning future events