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Zika Virus Outbreak in the United States: A Closer Look

Stephen Redd, MD (RADM, USPHS), Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gives a brief overview of Zika Virus.

Stephen Redd, MD (RADM, USPHS), Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gives a brief overview of Zika Virus.

Interview Transcript (slightly modified for readability)

“We didn’t know for sure that there would be local mosquito transmission [of Zika virus] in the United States; [however], I don’t know if I would say it was a surprise. We didn’t know if it [was going] to be in Texas, Florida, or somewhere else. We continue to learn more about Zika, almost on a daily or weekly basis. [One] of the things that has been discovered is the frequency of sexual transmission: there have been a little over 20 cases of sexual transmission of Zika virus. The spectrum of birth defects is something [else] that there is a little more information on now than there was earlier. Like most birth defects, it’s expected that as we learn more, there will be a broader spectrum of birth defects, not just that very severe outcome [microcephaly] that was identified very early on.”