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There's a cost to protecting Americans from the dollars that were reprogrammed.
Because we've had to wait these seven months, we haven't been able to get a running start on some of the critically important studies to understand more fully the impacts of Zika, to establish better diagnostic tests, to improve our way of controlling mosquitoes.
We do not think there will be any shortage.
Getting a flu vaccine is important for all of us, for our own protection and for the protection of those around us who may be more vulnerable to flu, such as young children, people with certain chronic health conditions and the elderly.
Flu can strike anyone and it can strike hard. I'm getting vaccinated today and I ask that you join me.
We need new antibiotics, but in all likelihood we're not going to invent our way out of this.
It can undermine modern medicine.
We could see additional cases. People living in or visiting Miami-Dade County, particularly pregnant women, are encouraged to continue to take steps to prevent mosquito bites and to follow guidelines for preventing sexual transmission.
Still, we encourage people not to let down their guard. We could see additional cases.
What we have seen is a very dramatic reduction in populations of the Aedes mosquitos there.
Zika is likely to become endemic in this hemisphere.
We will likely be dealing with this for decades to come.
Not only is this unanticipated, it's unprecedented. It's potentially catastrophic, and it's certainly that for the kind of brain damage we're seeing.
We're all hopeful that the Congress will come through with the money that's needed to respond effectively to Zika.
While death certificates provide helpful information, the unfortunate reality is that they don't provide in-depth clinical information.
We sent the state of Florida more than $35 million for Zika and other emergencies. That includes funds to purchase the other products they might want in a Zika prevention kit. We've already arranged for them and they will begin shipping on Tuesday.
It bites stealthily. It sneaks up on people quietly and bites them on their ankles.
This is just a really, really tough mosquito to control. It truly is the cockroach of mosquitoes and we don't get rid of cockroaches easily, especially in warm southern climates. The big question is how much is it going to continue to spread in Florida and other parts of the southern U.S. and nobody knows for sure.
I went through every block in that area. You've got construction sites, you've got retail sites, you've got vacant lots, you've got high-class housing and you've got housing without screens.
We wouldn't be surprised if we saw more local cases and more clusters. It is the middle of mosquito season.
It's gotten into a place where it's really hard to stop it.
The mosquitoes are persistent and we won't know for a couple of weeks whether these aggressive measures have worked.
We're in the midst of mosquito season and expect more Zika infections in the days and months to come. It is difficult to predict how long active transmission will continue.
We projected, based on the chikungunya experience, that Zika might infect a quarter of the population in the first year and it is very much on track to do that.
People in Puerto Rico are saying Zika isn't like chikungunya.
We think there will be as many as 200 additional cases, given the overall number of infections there.
There is a lot we don't know about Zika.
It could be that the mosquitoes there are resistant to the insecticide being used. It could take weeks for federal and state officials to figure that out.
It's possible mosquitoes are resistant to the insecticide being used.
This is a very difficult mosquito to control.
But "we don't expect widespread transmission in the continental United States.
Zika is both unprecedented and tragic.
Multiple independent data sources indicate that at current trends, thousands of pregnant women in Puerto Rico will catch Zika.
There is no doubt in my mind that if any other part of the U.S. had this much Zika, they would be spraying aerially.
I am just worried we are going to look back in four or five months and say, Why didn't we do more, then.
The president calls the situation in Puerto Rico a crisis and it is.
I have heard over and over again 'I don't know anyone with Zika.
I can say that it is different from Ebola, where we saw horrible deaths. Zika is much more theoretical. If I am not a woman of reproductive age or if I am not pregnant, then my risks are very different. There is a long time horizon there.
This is a test that measures actual Zika virus in the blood. It's highly sensitive and highly specific.
Summer is heating up and so is Zika. This could lead to dozens or hundreds of infants being born with microcephaly in the coming year.
Perhaps a 2 percent rate of infection each month. This means over the course of many months, i.e., a nine-month pregnancy, there is a substantial chance a woman would become infected.
I know that there are people of good will in both houses of Congress, in both parties, who understand it's an emergency, who want to make it happen. Congress did the right thing with Ebola, and I'm hopeful they'll do the right thing in Zika. The sooner they do it, the better it's going to be.
The medicine cabinet is empty for some patients. It is the end of the road for antibiotics unless we act urgently.
We risk being in a post-antibiotic world.
We know now that the more we look, the more we are going to find. The more we look at drug resistance, the more concerned we become.
It was an old antibiotic, but it was the only one left for what I called nightmare bacteria, carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae, or CRE.
The United States has made remarkable progress in reducing both teen pregnancy and racial and ethnic differences, but the reality is, too many American teens are still having babies.
It is now clear … that Zika does cause microcephaly. We believe the microcephaly is likely to be part of a range of birth defects.
Reducing exposure to mosquitoes for everyone where the virus is circulating is important.
Never before have we seen an illness spread by mosquitoes leading to a birth defect.
No other medicine routinely given for a non fatal condition kills so frequently. We have seen a four-fold increase in prescribing associated with a four-fold increase in deaths.
Overprescribing opioids, largely for chronic pain, is a key driver of America's drug-overdose epidemic.
We don't really know where these mosquitoes are in the United States.
The more we learn about Zika in pregnancy, the more concerned we are.
Until a few months ago, no one had any idea that Zika could cause birth defects.
The combination of those two things, when you add Zika in, means the likelihood of a very large number of cases. In rest of the United States, we may see clusters.
This is the strongest evidence to date that Zika virus is the cause of microcephaly.
We're not aware of any other mosquito-borne cause of birth defects.
The e-cigarette advertising we're seeing is like the old-time Wild West. No rules, no regulations and heavy spending advertising the products.
The same advertising tactics the tobacco industry used years ago to get kids addicted to nicotine are now being used to entice a new generation of young people to use e-cigarettes.
What's happening is widespread marketing of e-cigarettes that kids are seeing.
We are very concerned by the growing number of people who are susceptible to measles, and the possibility that we could have a large outbreak in this country as a result.
What you do for your own kids doesn't just affect your family– it affects other families as well.
This is a fluid and heterogeneous epidemic. It's changing quickly and it's going to be a long fight. I will say that in the 30 years that I've been working in public health the only thing like this has been AIDS and we have to work now so this is not the world's next AIDS.
We are confident that none of those with definite contact have any symptoms related to Ebola, none of them had fever. We'll be watching that very closely, particularly for those nine individuals in the coming days.
The incubation period is eight to ten days after exposure. It can be as short as two days or as long as 21 days. It's a severe disease, which has a high case fatality rate even with the best of care, but there are core tried and true public health interventions that stop it.
I have no doubt that we will control this importation, this case of Ebola so it does not spread widely in this country. It is certainly possible that someone who had contact with this individual – a family member or other individual – could develop Ebola in the coming weeks. But there is no doubt in my mind that we will stop it here.