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Peter Kyriacopoulos
It's going to take us longer to discover that people are becoming ill, longer to realize the connection between them, and longer to figure out how to treat them. We'll have more people sick.feedback
Mar 18 2017
Tom Frieden, Rick Scott and Anthony Fauci, are the people who have been quoted the greatest number of times about Zika. You can find them on this page and an additional total of 252 people who have something to say about this topic. All the 551 quotes on this page are sorted by date and by name. You can also have access to the articles to get the context of the quotes. The most recent quote from Tom Frieden is: “We have a lot more to do to control both Zika and diseases spread by this mosquito.”.
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Adriana Zehbrauskas

I hope that this story might help in some way, that it might bring some ongoing attention to the situation.feedback

Adriana Zehbrauskas

There was a lot of press a year ago, and many women got a lot of financial help – people would send donations. But people don't talk about Zika like they used to. Many families now feel that they're facing this alone.feedback

Ernesto Marques

These babies, most of them or all of them, they're going to live very long lives, you can keep them alive a long time, and they will need assistance from someone 24 hours a day. The consequences to the society are huge.feedback

Vera Lúcia da Silva

The doctor said Sophia was not developing. Children who are not developing are getting dropped from the therapies.feedback

Íris Adriane

I have to make my daughter walk. If she cannot walk, she is going to be able to see.feedback

Íris Adriane

I never imagined that situation. This feeling, this reality. Has she ever gotten so suffocated that she turned purple and you had to tap her back? It happens a lot.feedback

Kyrla Melo

Sophia is a child with very compromised visual, auditory and motor skills. She has no head control, she does not roll over, she does not sit.feedback

Vera Lúcia da Silva

She is going to choke. Food is going to go to her lungs. Sophia Valentina. She is going to surprise me.feedback

Peter Hotez

We'll have to wait and see if babies are born with severe neurologic defects starting around May or June, because it's a delayed epidemic. There's a lag.feedback

Peter Hotez

That was a clear indication that Zika is a really bad actor. This is causing a level of severe congenital birth defects associated with bad neurologic outcomes, even more than we previously believed. We know there are at least 300-plus documented cases in south Florida and south Texas, but again because we did not do active surveillance for Zika virus infection on the Gulf coast Texas or Florida where Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are, we still don't know what the consequences of the 2016 epidemic were.feedback

Anthony Fauci

Mosquitoes cause more human disease and death than any other animal. A single vaccine capable of protecting against the scourge of mosquito-borne diseases is a novel concept that, if proven successful, would be a monumental public health advance.feedback

Wendi Kuhnert-Tallman

What that means is that we did see evidence of past infection, but we can't say for sure it's Zika. We anticipate those will be finalized within two to three weeks.feedback

Mustapha Debboun - Microsoft

If we are trying to collect the Zika virus mosquito, you can teach this trap to collect just that mosquito.feedback

Ian Clarke

The prevalence of Zika is dropping, certainly in the Americas. The anticipation was that we would see a second wave, certainly in Brazil, and we haven't seen it. And we don't believe this is because we're not looking. There's a lot of surveillance ongoing. We should expect to see outbreaks. We saw it in Singapore, we will see it again.feedback

Bernadette Murgue - World Health Organization

There are about 40 vaccine candidates, five are entering or about to enter in phase 1, clinical trial for safety and ability to induce an immune response.feedback

Ian Clarke

The prevalence of Zika is dropping, certainly in the Americas. The anticipation was that we would see a second wave, certainly in Brazil and we haven't seen it. And we don't believe this is because we're not looking. There's a lot of surveillance ongoing. In a couple of other countries we're doing some quite intensive surveillance work, Tanzania and some others where we know there is the vector (the aedes aegypti mosquito), we know that there is chikungunya, so really looking to see if we can find Zika.feedback

Al Gore

They tried to cancel this conference but it is going forward anyway. Today we face a challenging political climate, but climate shouldn't be a political issue. Health professionals urgently need the very best science in order to protect the public, and climate science has increasingly critical implications for their day-to-day work. With more and more hot days, which exacerbate the proliferation of the Zika virus and other public health threats, we cannot afford to waste any time.feedback

José Luis Gomes Sambo

Up until two months ago, we didn't´t have any detected case, but, now, we have two cases of Zika. We have to take preventable measures, especially in the anti-vectorial fight against the mosquitoes.feedback

Tom Frieden - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

It's a startlingly complex infection. I really would hope that come April, if a budget is passed, it will include the Rapid Reserve Fund plan that was outlined in the House bill, which ideally would also have some spending authorities that would enable the government to act quickly in an emergency. It is certainly encouraging.feedback

Anthony Fauci

A few years ago, in 2013, 2014 when we had Ebola that went into 2015, I was asked constantly: 'Wow, this is really an extraordinary experience with Ebola; do you think this is going to happen again?'. And no sooner did the words come out of our mouths than Zika came along.feedback

Noor Hisham bin Abdullah

His family members were questioned and their blood and urine samples were taken as soon as he (the patient) tested positive for Zika. Active case detection is being conducted in the patient's residential area to detect if neighbouring residents have symptoms of Zika.feedback

Sylvia Burwell - Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Health centers in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories are on the front lines of fighting Zika. These awards will help provide training and technical assistance to health centers in developing and implementing activities to address immediate and anticipated Zika-related prevention and primary health care needs.feedback

Tom Frieden - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This is an important study. Zika poses a real risk throughout pregnancy, but especially in the first trimester; it's critical that pregnant women not travel to areas where Zika is spreading.feedback

Margaret Honein - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

We don't know how long the virus can persist, but its persistence could have implications for babies born with microcephaly and for apparently healthy infants whose mothers had Zika during their pregnancies.feedback

Margaret Honein - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

It is important to follow up with these infants during their first year or two of life. What is their learning capability? Are there any hearing loss issues later on? Any eye abnormalities?feedback

Jordan Rand

This project will seriously degrade Margate's beaches and jeopardize public health and safety in the process. Ironically, the proposed plan to reduce storm damage will simply cause it in a different way.feedback

Chris Van Deusen

Zika is something we're going to need to be watching for the foreseeable future. It's still circulating and it will be.feedback

Rick Scott

I am proud to announce that the remaining Miami Beach area has been cleared of any ongoing active transmission of the Zika virus. This means that Florida does not have any identified areas with active Zika transmission, which is incredible news for the Miami Beach community and our entire state.feedback

Mark Adams

As you remember in the lead-up to the games, we are all going to die of Zika or poisoned water or we were all going to be mugged in the streets. As it turns out we find out that the games were the most universal, the most consumed ever.feedback

Katia Pryce

Maybe it's a jaded New Yorker thing but it we were just kind of like 'eh'. Were' pretty bull-headed.feedback

John Hellerstedt

We knew it was only a matter of time before we saw a Zika case spread by a mosquito in Texas. We still don't believe the virus will become widespread in Texas, but there could be more cases, so people need to protect themselves from mosquito bites, especially in parts of the state that stay relatively warm in the fall and winter.feedback

Scott Anesi

We will get a good sense of the penetration of the virus shortly. Microcephaly will be caught as soon as the baby is born, but the department is now also looking at previous births and screening babies regularly for a whole host of developmental issues that can be caused by the virus.feedback

Michaela Howells

Outside programs are most effective only once they have obtained the support of local medical officials, chiefs, and churches.feedback

Michaela Howells

The reality is that we are about to have a large number of disabled children entering into systems globally, but we don't have the infrastructure for them. Samoans value large extended families, however, disabled children provide an additional social and financial stress on already stretched communities. . . this may disproportionately impact the mothers of affected children, leading to life-long economic deficits for these families.feedback

Scott Anesi

We want to avoid stigmatization and are trying to make sure that those who are pregnant don't feel isolated, and we are building our social services and education capacity so that children affected by Zika will get education and assistance.feedback

Rick Scott

Until we have a vaccine, this is going to be something we're going to deal with. We're going to be active, and we've learned a lot.feedback

Than Htun Aung

During the training, we told them how to give instructions to patients on how to avoid sexually transmitting Zika.feedback

Jorge M. Luna

You have to give them information, good information, what is going on, and it's the couple's choice.feedback

David Heymann - Health Protection Agency

It is a significant and enduring public health challenge, but it no longer represents an emergency. There was no downgrading of this.feedback

Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai

We confirmed 33 new cases last week and have detected the virus in two further provinces. This is a period of movement with people coming to the capital from the provinces to take part in various activities.feedback

David Heymann - Health Protection Agency

The committee agreed that Zika must be managed within the World Health Organization as are other important infectious diseases. The committee felt that what is best now is a very robust technical response to the virus.feedback

Peter Salama

It is really important that we communicate this very clearly: We are not downgrading the importance of Zika. In fact, by placing this as a longer term program of work, we're sending the message that Zika is here to stay. And WHO's response is here to stay, in a robust manner.feedback

David Heymann - Health Protection Agency

If anything, this has been escalated in importance by becoming activities that will be continued in the long-term in the World Health Organization.feedback

Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai

This is a period of movement with people coming to the capital from the provinces to take part in various activities. We have to remind them that Zika is a silent disease and some people won't have symptoms.feedback

Kristy Murray

While we understand the current focus on Zika virus, for many people in the United States today, West Nile virus is the much more serious mosquito-borne threat and that threat may persist even for patients who appear to have survived the infection unscathed.feedback

Isadora Siqueira

Our analysis shows that each of these viruses may have the potential to cause a range of neurological complications, some very severe, and patients should be monitored for symptoms. What's very difficult to determine is whether having a co-infection with two of these viruses increases the risk of neurological problems. We are still looking closely at the case of the patient who was infected with both chikungunya and dengue.feedback

Aengus Kelly - AerCap

What we do know is that over last two 1/2 years, we've faced an awful lot of global shocks - Ebola, Zika, the downturn in Brazil, the attempted coup in Turkey, Brexit. So long as a commitment to free trade is preserved, I think economies will grow and this company will grow with it.feedback

Indira Mysorekar

The anti-Zika antibodies are able to keep the foetus safe from harm by blocking the virus from crossing the placenta.feedback

Michael Diamond

This is the first antiviral that has been shown to work in pregnancy to protect developing foetuses from Zika virus. This is proof of principle that Zika virus during pregnancy is treatable and that we already have a human antibody that treats it, at least in mice.feedback

James Crowe

These naturally occurring antibodies isolated from humans represent the first medical intervention that prevents Zika infection and damage to fetuses.feedback

Kayvon Modjarrad

One of the groups is going to be given the Japanese encephalitis virus first and then wait a period of time and then get the Zika vaccine. Another group will get a yellow fever vaccine, wait a few months and then get a Zika vaccine.feedback

Rick Bright

It's important to keep in mind that 80 per cent of people do not even know that they have been infected with Zika, so we are focused first on vaccines to prevent infection, diagnostics to determine if someone has been infected, and screening to prevent the spread of the virus through the blood supply.feedback

Anthony Fauci

We urgently need a safe and effective vaccine to protect people from Zika virus infection, as the virus continues to spread and cause serious public health consequences, particularly for pregnant women and their babies.feedback

Rick Bright

With many things outstanding in our knowledge gap with Zika, therapeutics that would be used in pregnant women to benefit an infected fetus is high risk and there is a lot of development work to be done to ensure those drugs could be used safely.feedback

James Crowe

The antibody reduces virus in the mother and also in the fetus, and it protects against placental and fetal damage.feedback

Anthony Fauci

The very fact that you did get a positive result in the mouse model is a pretty good impetus to take it to the next step, which could be a non-human primate, and see if the same things works in a non-human primate.feedback

Ceren Budak

They just don't really check the credibility of the information. They receive and just share it right away.feedback

Ceren Budak

If you're too late, it's hard for you to catch up and combat (misinformation). The exact solution is very complex.feedback

Kelle H. Moley

What we found was that by day seven you could already detect the virus there and it was cleared by day 21. But you could see a progressive destruction of the cells in the testes. So by day 21 the testes was about a tenth of the size of what it originally was. As a result there was no sperm.feedback

Michael Diamond

What we don't know is does it also cause the same level of injury?feedback

Kelle H. Moley

"This is the only virus I know of that causes such severe symptoms of infertility". "There are very few microbes that can cross the barrier that separates the testes from the bloodstream to infect the testes directly".feedback

Kelle H. Moley

This is the only virus I know of that causes such severe symptoms of infertility. There are very few microbes that can cross the barrier that separates the testes from the bloodstream to infect the testes directly.feedback

Anthony Fauci

Don't jump to the conclusion right off that this is definitely what is happening to the human.feedback

Michael Diamond

It has to be corroborated. We saw significant evidence of destruction of the seminiferous tubules, which are important for generating new sperm. The virus is infecting a site which doesn't really renew if it gets damaged. That is the problem.feedback

Francisco Alvarado-Ramy

It's definitely very serious. It represents an enormous challenge from not only a family perspective ... (but) the emotional burden, the financial burden.feedback

Ana Rius

If it survives, it will be referred to other childhood programs.feedback

Soe Lwin Nyein

We're also helping her by giving her psychiatric treatment because she's worried about her pregnancy.feedback

Soe Lwin Nyein

The Ministry of Health will issue a statement soon advising married women in Yangon to avoid having pregnancies in six months.feedback

Myint Kyaw

We've been conducting extensive awareness campaigns and anti-mosquito measures across the country by coordinating and cooperating with other ministries and the media. We're doing this together with anti-dengue measures.feedback

LeRoy Jones

Like most things in this country, the rich get taken care of immediately and poor people is always forgot. It's sad to say, but I'm speaking from my heart.feedback

Marie-Jose Ledan

That's why we have to be careful so our sisters and brothers do not think they are targeted, just like with the AIDS virus.feedback

Manuel Fermin

Are we getting the people we need to be getting? The majority of the women who came in were from a higher socio-economic area, and more were tourists who had been in that area.feedback

Jasmin Qureshi

It would be better if they do more stuff with the plane and everything. We need more protection – as much protection as possible – to get it out of our area.feedback

Trevor Mundell - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Wolbachia could be a revolutionary protection against mosquito-borne disease. It's affordable, sustainable, and appears to provide protection against Zika, dengue and a host of other viruses. We are eager to study its impact and how it can help countries.feedback

Priti Patel

The use of Wolbachia is a potential ground-breaking sustainable solution to reduce the impact of these outbreaks around the globe and particularly on the world's poorest people.feedback

Christine Curry

We don't know how many weeks prior the infection started. We've been finding we want to see these patients really quickly.feedback

Yessica Flores

I want people to have faith in God and in the doctors, because they are the ones that do the work.feedback

Yessica Flores

I didn't have a fever. They say that your chest hurts a lot, the legs, that your eyes become inflamed like symptoms of conjunctivitis, they swell and get red.feedback

Christine Curry

In the United States, we had no excuse to say we didn't see this coming. It has been over a year since the outbreak in Brazil, and at the beginning of this year it became clear that the infections were in countries outside of Brazil. Throughout 2016, we've watched one country after another declare local transmission, and so it was not surprising, in fact expected, that this summer we would have local transmission in Miami.feedback

Christine Curry

We don't know if she got the infection in that country or in Miami-Dade (County) because both places have ongoing local transmission of Zika virus by the mosquitoes.feedback

Yessica Flores

I called my husband. I told him, The test came back positive. And he told me, Don't worry, my love, don't worry. Nothing is going to happen to you. Everything is fine. Leave it with the Lord, everything is fine.feedback

Christine Curry

She is due in February and so we still have several months to go of repeated ultrasounds and repeated blood tests. But all the information we have on the growth and development of the baby thus far is the baby is normal.feedback

Christine Curry

We do know that there are pregnant women who have been tested and tested positive for Zika and have not left Miami-Dade during their pregnancy.feedback

Christine Curry

The way that the test works, it just gives you a positive. It doesn't tell you the type or location or necessarily the timing of infection. So in her circumstance, she has two different risk locations, but we know that in one of those, she was infected with Zika.feedback

Christine Curry

This is something that's unprecedented, to have a mosquito-borne illness, a sexually transmitted illness, that also causes birth defects.feedback

Christine Curry

The fact that funding didn't match expectations and that our Congress was able to go to recess without providing funding for states like Texas and Louisiana and Florida, which we know are at very high risk, was delinquent – and has allowed us to be in a situation where we're behind the eight ball. We have continued local transmission, even two to three months later.feedback

Lyle Petersen

Zika continues to pose a threat to pregnant women living in or traveling to Miami-Dade County. Our guidance today strengthens our travel advice and testing recommendations for pregnant women to further prevent the spread of the infection among those most vulnerable.feedback

Lyle Petersen

Zika continues to pose a threat to pregnant women living in or traveling to Miami-Dade County. Our guidance today strengthens our travel advice and testing recommendations for pregnant women, to further prevent the spread of the infection among those most vulnerable.feedback

Carla Maria Bernardo

I wish the government would help us. They have the resources. It's just a matter of them taking some interest in us.feedback

Viviane Guimaraes

These are women in need of financial aid, who are from remote towns and are finding new problems every day with their children.feedback

Jailson Correia

The city's financial resources are already strained. We need the state and federal levels to take a more active role.feedback

Jusikelly da Silva

It's horrible because I feel that the longer I wait for these exams, the worse it can get, and I won't be able to take care of her.feedback

Denise Jamieson - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Although we may see a decline in Zika virus transmission in some areas, it is also critically important that we continue to follow pregnant women who have any evidence of Zika virus infection.feedback

Rick Scott

Today's announcement of a new area in Miami of ongoing local transmission of the Zika virus underscores the urgent need for federal funding to combat the Zika virus. It has been two weeks since federal funding to fight Zika was approved by Congress and signed by President (Barack) Obama. However, Florida has not yet received a dime. We don't need bureaucratic timelines. We need funding now.feedback

Tom Skinner - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

We're not yet at the end of mosquito season, so we might continue to see local transmission going on for a little while yet.feedback

Rick Scott

We have seen that aggressive mosquito control efforts have worked in areas like Wynwood and we hope the county also aggressively sprays in this area so we can limit the spread of this virus and protect pregnant women and their growing babies.feedback

Wendy Taylor

Mosquitoes are pretty small and they are pretty light so you can pack a lot of punch in these small devices. That drone can then go back and reload.feedback

Wendy Taylor

Think about Rio – think about the favelas. It might be easier to use a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) instead of driving up and down small, winding streets with a truck.feedback

Wendy Taylor

Usually, when you think about fighting Zika you think of trucks driving up and down and fogging streets.feedback

Margaret Chan - World Health Organization

Is this weak surveillance, an indication of population-wide immunity, or proof that the virus has somehow acquired greater epidemic potential?feedback

Vanessa Van der Linden

We are seeing a lot of seizures. And now they are having many problems eating, so a lot of these children start using feeding tubes.feedback

Pisek Lumpikanon

The difficulty with Zika is to determine microcephaly. It is usually found later in pregnancy.feedback

Pisek Lumpikanon

Legal medical abortions can be done up to 24 weeks. The reason is that at 24 weeks and after the baby already has a good chance of survival.feedback

Mindy Acosta-Leon

It does worry me, I just think the public has to be informed so we can take precautions. I do think that the more we know, the more we'll take precautions.feedback

Nicholas Jackson - Sanofi Pasteur

We've got the technologies, infrastructure, experience dealing with regulators in this field. All of that gives us a jumpstart.feedback

Anthony Fauci

We're not dependent on a company until you prove it works and then you need somebody to manufacture millions of doses.feedback

Anthony Fauci

If the infections die down, then it's going to take much longer to find out if it works.feedback

Tom Frieden - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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.feedback

Raymond Roos

Zika virus infection of the fetus disturbs this migration, resulting in a number of developmental abnormalities of the brain, such as microcephaly.feedback

Raymond Roos

Physicians should scrutinize babies who are born from mothers who have been infected with Zika virus during pregnancy in special ways, even if the babies have normal sized heads.feedback

Amilcar Tanuri

Some babies do not survive and the ones that survive carry several developmental or cognitive delays or deficits.feedback

Raymond Roos

These babies should be carefully evaluated with respect to the timing of their milestones and intellectual development.feedback

Sopon Mekthon

The health minister has asked us to study whether this is necessary and cost-effective.feedback

Catherine Spong

It is just critical to evaluate the entire child. Even in the child who does not have microcephaly, that doesn't mean no evaluation is needed.feedback

Catherine Spong

I can't say at this moment in time how long do we need to follow these children, because this is new for us. It's just essential to be able to come up with what these answers are, to be able to help women and families know.feedback

Charoen Wangananont

I haven't found any Chinese tourists, even ones that are pregnant, voicing this concern.feedback

Yuthasak Supasorn - TAT

We have confidence in Thailand's public health system. The number of Chinese tourists coming to Thailand should be on target.feedback

Poonam Khetrapal Singh

Zika virus infection is a serious threat to the health and well-being of a pregnant woman and her unborn child. Countries across the region must continue to strengthen measures aimed at preventing, detecting and responding to Zika virus transmission.feedback

Henry Harteveldt - Atmosphere Research Group

Some of these destinations are very popular for students and younger adults in their 20s or 30s looking for vacations, whether it's a backpacking tour or surfing or swimming.feedback

Henry Harteveldt - Atmosphere Research Group

When the U.S. CDC issues an alert, just like when the U.S. State Department issues an advisory, it's taken very seriously across the travel industry. It may prompt the CDC's counterparts (in other countries) to take a look and issue their own warnings.feedback

Anthony Fauci

Puerto Rico is going through a terrible situation and we have to help them right now. They really need our help.feedback

Anthony Fauci

If you're talking about any congenital defect I think it's going to be much higher than 13 percent.feedback

Arnold Donald - Carnival

The reality is, every year there's something – Zika this year, MERS, Ebola. Those things come up.feedback

Joanna Wysocka

In addition to direct effects of Zika virus on neural progenitors and their derivatives, this virus could affect brain development indirectly, through a signaling cross-talk between embryonic cell types.feedback

Vern Buchanan

It's disgraceful that Congress took so long responding to this deadly health crisis. This was a case of Washington dysfunction at its worst.feedback

Thomas Gellhaus

Congress has finally treated Zika like the emergency it is and shown the American people that it is capable of rising above partisanship for the health of its citizens.feedback

Sankar Swaminathan

There's no risk of shaking hands with a person who has a typical Zika infection.feedback

Apichai Mongkol

The test results showed that two did not have the Zika virus but it is still unclear with the other two because we found three flavivirus which means it could be dengue, Zika or meningitis. To be sure which of the three they contracted we need to investigate further.feedback

Amnuay Gajeena

It is not in Bangkok. Both the mothers and babies are being tested and we have sent the tests to several labs.feedback

Lyle Petersen

The message with Wynwood is it was a huge success. This outbreak would have kept going without the aerial spraying.feedback

Tom Skinner - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

We want to continue to emphasize to pregnant women that they still should consider postponing non-essential travel for all of Miami-Dade (County). That is still in effect.feedback

Tom Frieden - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

We understand that this has been a difficult time for Wynwood residents and visitors. Still, we encourage people not to let down their guard. We could see additional cases.feedback

Carlos Gimenez

We have had no additional cases of local transmission in the area since the beginning of August because we were proactive, aggressive and responsible in our approach to reducing the mosquito population.feedback

Rick Scott

While today's news is great, the fight is not over. We have more than 93 cases of locally acquired Zika in Florida and on Friday, we extended the Miami Beach Zika zone to an area of about 4.5 miles.feedback

Tom Frieden - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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.feedback

Barack Obama

If any of these priorities matter to you, let your congressperson know. And if they still refuse to do their jobs - well, you know what to do in November. Our government only works as well as the people we elect. And that's entirely up to you.feedback

Rick Scott

We're doing everything we can to do educate the public and have the same success in Miami Beach as we have in Wynwood.feedback

Rick Scott

Every minute that passes that Congress doesn't approve funding means more time is lost from researching this virus to find a vaccine to help pregnant women and their developing babies.feedback

Laura Rodrigues

When complete, the study, along with other ongoing research, will provide vital information on any role co-factors might have in the epidemic.feedback

Rick Scott

Our federal government has managed to get its hands into way too many things.feedback

Beth Bell

There will be the possibility of suspending or cancelling work on vaccines.feedback

Beth Bell

These are pregnant women who really want to know if their baby is at risk. Tests take time.feedback

Gan Kim Yong - Gan

It is still early days to ascertain what the long-term trend of Zika infection will be. Even if we can control the present outbreak, we will need to continue to guard against imported cases as the Zika virus is still circulating among many countries, including several in this region.feedback

Gan Kim Yong - Gan

We cannot tell at this moment whether the viruses found here cause more or less severe disease than those in South America. Further research will be needed to shed light on this.feedback

Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai

Since January, we have recorded about 200 cases and over the past three weeks, we have confirmed an average of 20 new cases per week. The number of cases is stable.feedback

Barack Obama

My hope is that by the time Congress adjourns before the election that we will have an agreement in place to fund the government and that our Zika funding will be taken care of.feedback

Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai

Of the 21 cases confirmed in the Sathorn area, there was one pregnant woman who recovered and gave birth successfully. Mother and newborn are safe.feedback

Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai

There have been no deaths or complications so far, so I urge our brothers and sisters not to be alarmed.feedback

Carlos Gimenez

The fact that a fourth Zika-positive mosquito pool has been identified in Miami Beach serves as further confirmation that we must continue our proactive and aggressive approach to controlling the mosquito population, including our recent decision to begin aerial spraying in combination with larvicide treatment by truck.feedback

Tom Frieden - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

I think we'll look at this delay in time and say, How could they have waited so long?' This was so urgent. It was the very definition of an emergency. 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.feedback

Tom Frieden - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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.feedback

Tom Frieden - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

We don't know what congenital Zika syndrome will look like. We will likely be dealing with this for decades to come.feedback

Nancy Pelosi

By Zika, I mean for a year. I don't mean for three months. Zika should be emergency spending. It should not be off-set (requiring cuts in other government programs), because it is an emergency.feedback

Joe Biden

Give us an up-or-down vote, straight, on Zika. I understand attaching controversial issues to important legislation ... but this is a national emergency. People's health, the well-being of unborn children, the health of the country at large, is at stake. Act.feedback

Louise Ivers

Maybe we are too late for prevention. Maybe we just have to manage the consequences.feedback

Stephen Morrison

It reinforces the incentives for dysfunctionality. It's kid of sad because it just means that good deeds are punished.feedback

Bill Nelson

It ought to be common sense that folks like me come to plead with our colleagues. Let's stop this monkey business.feedback

Harry M. Reid

Republicans were more interested in attacking Planned Parenthood and flying the Confederate flag. Can't make that stuff up – that's really the truth – than protecting women and babies from this awful virus. Our colleagues across the aisle will point to partisan excuses, but the bottom line is this: There's no excuse not to pass these bills.feedback

Subramaniam Sathasivam

It's still unclear whether the woman contracted the disease from her husband or whether it was locally transmitted.feedback

Mitch McConnell

Before the work period, Senate Democrats filibustered funding to combat Zika … not once, but twice. It's hard to explain why, despite their own calls for funding, Senate Democrats decided to block a bill that would keep pregnant women and babies safer from Zika.feedback

Michael Diamond

Sexual transmission is probably not playing a major role, but it could be some other bodily fluid - saliva, or urine or tears.feedback

Michael Diamond

Our study suggests that the eye could be a reservoir for Zika virus.feedback

Lee Hsien Loong

It is imperative for us to work together to combat Zika, but we should put Zika in the proper context. Given the presence of the Aedes mosquito, Zika may become endemic in our region, just like dengue.feedback

Mitch McConnell

It's hard to explain why – despite their own calls for funding – Senate Democrats decided to block a bill that could help keep pregnant women and babies safer from Zika.feedback

Tedjo Sasmono

The biggest challenge right now is that we may miss Zika-infected patients because of lack of facilities and testing.feedback

Muhammad Subuh

At the moment we cannot go out there and test everybody or every suspected case for Zika because it is too costly.feedback

Amar Singh

Zika will spread even faster in Malaysia than Singapore because our Aedes volume is so much higher and the breeding grounds are enormous.feedback

Subramaniam Sathasivam

The confirmation of the second case of Zika in Kota Kinabalu suggests that the virus is already present within our communities.feedback

Dave Ryan

We've briefed all the guys, we're offering them the option of wearing long-sleeved garments and obviously supplying them with the right protection... and just making them as informed as they possibly can be. And it's fine. We're comfortable with it.feedback

Rick Scott

It is incredibly important that everyone does their part to combat the Zika virus by dumping standing water, no matter how small. Any amount of standing water can serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes.feedback

Peter Salama

But certainly we feel fairly confident that the risk assessment that there (would) be no significant increase in transmission due to the Olympics is fairly much on track.feedback

Wong Sin Yew

If we keep having more and more cases, and more and more areas affected, then unfortunately it would indicate the infection has become established.feedback

Cameron Webb

Even if this outbreak of Zika virus was to stop tomorrow, there is no reason why an infected traveller may not bring Zika virus back to Singapore.feedback

Cameron Webb

As demonstrated by the inability to eradicate dengue, the same can be said for Zika virus.feedback

Rick Scott

… It is incredibly important that everyone does their part to combat the Zika virus by dumping standing water, no matter how small. Any amount of standing water can serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes.feedback

David Heymann - Health Protection Agency

This extraordinary event is rapidly becoming, unfortunately, an ordinary event. And Zika is beginning to spread, continuing to cause outbreaks in many countries around the world.feedback

Peter Salama

The way the government of Singapore has handled the outbreak in Singapore really represents in many cases a role model... remembering that the first case was only confirmed really just a little over a week ago.feedback

Peter Salama

We don't have a definitive answer. The risk is relatively low, but significant.feedback

Rick Scott

It is incredibly important that everyone do their part to combat the Zika virus by dumping standing water. Remember to wear long sleeves and bug repellent when outdoors.feedback

Peter Salama

It could be all the way from genetic (factors) to nutritional to environmental contaminants.feedback

Peter Hotez

It's really like looking for a needle in a haystack. The percentage of mosquitoes testing positive is very low but this adds another piece to the puzzle. The fact that any mosquitoes have tested positive at all is important. In previous dengue outbreaks, no mosquitoes were recovered that tested positive. This means there's a significant amount of transmission going on in those areas.feedback

Rick Scott

The CDC has recommended aerial spraying on Miami Beach via helicopter, and we have seen the effectiveness of aerial spraying in the Wynwood area.feedback

Rick Scott

These mosquitoes were trapped in the small area in Miami Beach where we believe local transmission has been occurring.feedback

Francis Tan

If it continues, people will generally not want to go out, so all the retail sectors will be slowing down.feedback

Jonathan Galaviz

It will certainly create a bit of caution in the minds of tourists and they may think about it twice. But I don't see Zika standing in the way of a successful F1 event or tourism flows in the short term.feedback

Dave Ryan

We've briefed all the guys, we're offering them the option of wearing long-sleeved garments and obviously supplying them with the right protection ... and just making them as informed as they possibly can be.feedback

Abraham Goorhuis

If there was broad circulation of this virus in Asia, then it could be that the risk of Zika spreading to Asia won't be as bad as we think.feedback

Abraham Goorhuis

No one has ever looked, so we don't know if there is any pre-existing immunity to the virus.feedback

David Heymann - Health Protection Agency

This still does remain an emergency of international concern. This extraordinary event is rapidly becoming, unfortunately, an ordinary event.feedback

Peter Salama

"Many people have been tested and there have been no confirmed cases". "We feel fairly confident that the risk assessment that there would be no significant increase of transmission due to the Olympics seems to be on track".feedback

Peter Salama

Many people have been tested and there have been no confirmed cases. We feel fairly confident that the risk assessment that there would be no significant increase of transmission due to the Olympics seems to be on track.feedback

Raul Castro

Our people will be able to demonstrate their ability to organize to maintain the levels of health achieved by the revolution and avoid our families suffering. As never before in similar efforts, we must be ever-more disciplined and demanding.feedback

Cristian Morales - World Health Organization

Cuba's response has been strong and effective. It has to do with the capacity to organize the population. Applying it to other countries, other contexts, would be extremely difficult.feedback

Carlos Espinal

They started very early in advance of the Zika virus. Once you start going behind the cases then it's complicated, you're just detecting once the transmission is already in place.feedback

F. Gray Handley

Probably in the last decade we've had two people that have gone down there for anything. It has been pretty much of a black box.feedback

Richard Hatchett

To help protect people from Zika in the U.S. and abroad, we are aggressively pursuing the development of promising vaccine candidates around the world.feedback

Rick Scott

I have directed DOH to aggressively expand testing and outreach efforts in the areas around the traps that caught the positive mosquitoes. They will continue to go door-to-door to educate residents on how to best protect their families and homes from mosquitoes.feedback

William Schaffner

It means that there is a substantial amount of Zika virus in that population because it's actually not easy to find the virus in the mosquitoes that you trap.feedback

William Schaffner

People around their homes will be worried about themselves and their families and neighbors rather than looking for mosquito breeding sites. Emergency responders will be focused on things other than mosquito abatement.feedback

Joseph M. Conlon - Navy

If it's raining or if the winds are above five to 10 miles per hour, aerial spraying is out.feedback

Ben Neuman

We have the opportunity right now to prevent (Zika's) spread and by doing so, halting the spread of unnecessary suffering.feedback

Carlos Gimenez

Everyone should know by now that bromeliads are really problematic for us. These are probably the number one breeding area for mosquitoes.feedback

Carlos Gimenez

This is a very, very difficult mosquito to control. The CDC director once told me this is the cockroach of mosquitoes, that it will find a way somehow to breed.feedback

Lee Hsien Loong

The cases so far have been in Aljunied and Bedok, but we must assume that Zika is elsewhere in Singapore too.feedback

Francis Tan

If this continues, certainly it will have a negative impact, but it's hard to quantify in percentage terms or dollar value.feedback

Eric Boullier

We are supplying anti-mosquito products and long-sleeved outfits and we have sent yesterday a brief to everybody about how to take care and all the why, what and how about it. Everybody is going.feedback

Oscar Primadi

We can conclude that it is rather easy to get infected by the virus when visiting places that has outbreak, including Singapore. Proactive action from the community can help stop the spread of Zika virus in Malaysia.feedback

Dave Wurtz - Theranos

In my mind, this was a positive interaction with the FDA, and I'm grateful for its collaborative approach. We hope that our decision to withdraw the Zika submission voluntarily is further evidence of our commitment to engage positively with the agency. We are confident in the Zika tests and will resubmit it.feedback

Jasper Fuk-Woo Chan

Different countries have different economic and political situations and it's not that they don't want to screen the virus, but they don't have the resources and capacity to do it at this stage.feedback

Kriengsak Limkittikul

Thailand's surveys have not been thorough enough. Screening is inadequate in other countries in the region, too, where health authorities are ill-equipped to test.feedback

Uwe Oberlaender - F. Hoffmann-La Roche

The LightMix Zika test is an easy-to-use molecular diagnostic test that enables healthcare professionals to quickly detect the virus. As a leader in diagnostics, Roche is committed to providing testing solutions for the world's most challenging healthcare emergencies. The FDA's granting of this EUA supports our commitment to help healthcare professionals who are working to combat this serious disease.feedback

Barack Obama

But every day that Republican leaders in Congress wait to do their job, every day our experts have to wait to get the resources they need – that has real-life consequences. Weaker mosquito-control efforts. Longer wait times to get accurate diagnostic results. Delayed vaccines. It puts more Americans at risk.feedback

Rick Scott

During Congress's vacation, we have identified 43 cases of locally acquired Zika in four Florida counties. Last week, I requested that the CDC provide Florida with 5,000 Zika antibody tests, but they have only sent less than 1,200.feedback

Barack Obama

In February – more than six months ago – I asked Congress for the emergency resources that public health experts say we need to combat Zika.feedback

Barack Obama

Instead, we were forced to use resources we need to keep fighting Ebola, cancer, and other diseases. …Republicans in Congress should treat Zika like the threat that it is and make this their first order of business when they come back to Washington after Labor Day. That means working in a bipartisan way to fully fund our Zika response.feedback

Peter W. Marks - Food and Drug Administration

There is still much uncertainty regarding the nature and extent of Zika virus transmission. At this time, the recommendation for testing the entire blood supply will help ensure that safe blood is available for all individuals who might need transfusion.feedback

Rosario Murillo

The girl was born very underweight, at less than four pounds (1.81 kg) and with confirmed microcephaly.feedback

Peter W. Marks - Food and Drug Administration

The transfusion of a pregnant woman with blood infected with the Zika virus could have terrible consequences.feedback

Jeanne Sheffield

One of the pieces that has been missing for us is if a woman does acquire Zika through sexual transmission, is there an effect? Will it be the same as if she was bitten by a mosquito and the virus spreads across the placenta?feedback

Jeanne Sheffield

It has echoes of HIV. HIV, even when it cleared in blood, can still be found in semen and can be found in vaginal secretions.feedback

Tom Frieden - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

We sent the state of Florida more than US$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.feedback

Tom Skinner - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC has and will continue to provide the support to Florida to address the Zika outbreak. We've provided millions in federal funds, deployed personnel and we've shipped materials for testing and more for testing still to come.feedback

Fernanda Tovar-Moll

We are also interested in investigating how congenital Zika virus infection can interfere with not only prenatal, but also postnatal gray and white brain maturation.feedback

Tom Frieden - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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.feedback

Tom Frieden - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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.feedback

Tom Frieden - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

We wouldn't be surprised if we saw more local cases and more clusters. It is the middle of mosquito season.feedback

Rob Krueger

Our method is strictly boots-on-the-ground, and going door to door to make sure that we can find every Aedes aegypti mosquito that is out there and eradicate it.feedback

Rick Scott

In Pinellas County, the Department of Health and Pinellas County Mosquito Control are already working together and have begun aggressive spraying and mosquito abatement efforts. We remain fully committed to ensuring that every county has all of the resources they need to combat this virus and stand ready to assist residents and visitors in the impacted communities.feedback

Charles Lockwood

Until we can narrow down with great precision the neighborhoods infected, we have to assume every pregnant woman is at risk in Pinellas and Hillsborough until you can say it's a specific neighbourhood. I believe that it's also time for physicians in this area to start testing pregnant women in this area for the virus.feedback

Steve Huard - Department of Health

At this point, it's a single case. It's a one off. We don't know where it originated, and we are doing appropriate testing and medical surveillance.feedback

Glenn Jones

There is a delicate balance there. We don't proactively seek to capitalize on this.feedback

Glenn Jones

That's been a welcome and unexpected boost to our business this summer.feedback

Anthony Fauci

I would not be surprised at all if we saw individual cases and perhaps even some clusters arise in other areas of Florida as well as in other of the Gulf Coast states. There certainly is that possibility. That would not surprise us because the conditions are there for that to happen.feedback

Anthony Fauci

Whenever you have a flood, it isn't during a flood that the mosquitoes flourish. You tend to get rid of them during the flood. It's when the flood recedes and you have standing water that you have a lot of mosquito activity, because that's where they lay their eggs.feedback

Scott Weaver

It is striking that a lot of women still understand so little about the risk. The one message that doesn't get out very often is even if you travel to an affected area and you are not at high risk like a pregnant woman and her partner, you can really have a significant impact on public health by protecting yourself from mosquito bites after you get back.feedback

Tom Frieden - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The mosquitoes are persistent and we won't know for a couple of weeks whether these aggressive measures have worked.feedback

Tom Frieden - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

We think there will be as many as 200 additional cases [of Guillain-Barre], given the overall number of infections there.feedback

Tom Frieden - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

We're in the midst of mosquito season and expect more Zika infections in the days and months to come. Florida and Miami-Dade County are taking appropriate steps to control mosquitoes and protect pregnant women. It is difficult to predict how long active transmission will continue.feedback

Shaun Crawford

I decided to draw the mosquitoes and make them a little more aggressive than my drawings usually are that I do here.feedback

Vladimir Barayev

When you put an image with something like Zika in particular, it opens people's eyes. Like, Oh, I never realized that, no matter how much I heard about Zika, I never realized.feedback

Rick Scott

Following today's news, I'm asking the Center for Disease Control for the following: an additional 5,000 Zika antibody test kits, this will ensure we can quickly test people for the virus. Additional lab support personnel will help us expedite Zika testing and an additional 10,000 Zika prevention kits. These are essential for pregnant women.feedback

Tom Frieden - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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.feedback

Joseph Gleeson

This is the first study looking at the effect of Zika infection on the adult brain. Based on our findings, getting infected with Zika as an adult may not be as innocuous as people think.feedback

Anna Checkley

Detailed neurological studies are needed in infected humans to describe the effects of Zika virus infection on the brains of adults.feedback

Rick Scott

Mosquito abatement and reduction activities will take place around the area of interest. The department still believes active transmissions are still only occurring in the area that is less than one square mile in Miami-Dade County.feedback

Amesh Adalja

The declaration will allow access to more funds, the waiving of certain regulatory procedures to speed response, reassign key personnel, allow temporary personnel appointments, and provide the authority to take necessary actions to combat the outbreak.feedback

Alan Grayson

There are lives at stake and the problem gets worse literally every day. Every single day means more Zika babies and more deaths. The technology that can end this crisis is well understood.feedback

Marco Rubio

Congress needs to come back and get something done, actually pass a bill that has more money. ...So that's why I am calling for Congress to go back this month and get it done quickly.feedback

Rick Scott

Every day that passes that Congress and the president fail to come to an agreement hinders our national response to Zika. This is not only an issue affecting us here in Florida – this is a national issue. Florida is just at the head of it with the first cases of local transmission of Zika. Just today, we learned that a baby born with microcephaly caused by Zika died in Texas – a heartbreaking tragedy in our country.feedback

Jenny Cagle

We have not had anyone cancel a trip to Florida because of Zika. It's definitely a conversation. People are talking about it.feedback

Barack Obama

The money that we need to fight Zika is rapidly running out. The situation is getting critical.feedback

Scott Gottlieb

You start to worry that any virus that's powerful enough to have that kind of an effect on a developing fetus probably is having other impacts as well that we're just not detecting, so the infection itself seems to be more concerning than what we initially thought.feedback

Sylvia Burwell - Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

A delay in this stage of development will delay when a safe and effective Zika vaccine is available to the American public. These examples demonstrate the urgent need for the administration's request for $1.9 billion in emergency supplemental funding.feedback

John Hellerstedt

It's the perfect mix - local transmission in Florida, travel to Brazil, and we're at the height of mosquito season in Texas.feedback

Sylvia Burwell - Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

In addition, research and development of other vaccine candidates, diagnostics, therapeutics and (mosquito) vector control technologies may be constrained.feedback

Brian Anderson - Athenahealth

Diego expressed an interest and willingness in partnering with us to reach out to these patients. This is the first time were partnering with specific groups in Florida with outreach to their patients.feedback

Josh Earnest

We'll certainly rely on the advice of experts in making decisions about the most effective strategies to deploy to fight the mosquito population.feedback

Marco Rubio

Now, I don't like to ascribe motives, but in this case, I have to start wondering whether they are holding back on spending that federal money because they like making this a political issue that they can attack Republicans on.feedback

Tom Frieden - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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. This is an unusual neighborhood, or an emerging neighborhood. It's mixed use. It has industrial, business and residential and that makes mosquito control very complex.feedback

Omar Khan

When there is an extraordinary need and you need something that is safe, then we have the ability to make that happen. So things like Zika or the recent Ebola outbreak, we can rapidly respond to that within seven days.feedback

Jaco Van Zyl

Honestly, I can't feel that the Zika virus would be their reason not to go, the Zika virus is in Florida.feedback

Rick Scott

Following today's announcement, I have requested that the CDC activate their emergency response team to assist DOH in their investigation, research, and sample collection efforts. Their team will consist of public health experts whose role is to augment our response efforts to confirmed local transmissions of the Zika virus.feedback

Rick Scott

While we continue to learn more about this virus each day, we know that it is most harmful to pregnant women and their babies. For women who live or work in the impacted area and are either pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, I urge you to contact your OB/GYN for guidance and to receive a Zika prevention kit.feedback

Anthony Fauci

We definitely don't take this lightly. This is something we always anticipated and prepared for the worst. But we do not feel this is going to turn into that broadly disseminated situation that we've seen in Brazil or that we're seeing in Puerto Rico.feedback

Lyle Petersen

We anticipate that there may be additional cases of 'home grown' Zika in the coming weeks. Our top priority is to protect pregnant women from the potentially devastating harm caused by Zika.feedback

Tom Frieden - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

We don't expect widespread transmission in the continental United States. That is not the situation we're in today.feedback

Tom Frieden - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

These are the first cases of locally transmitted Zika virus in the continental United States. As we have anticipated, Zika is now here.feedback

Margaret Chan - World Health Organization

As long as individuals take appropriate personal protective measures, including the use of a mosquito repellent, including wearing clothing that prevents mosquito bites.feedback

Peter Hotez

It's difficult to make predictive statements on an epidemic when the vast majority of cases go unreported. There is a possibility that it has not taken hold in Colombia as it has in Brazil and Puerto Rico, but we're not going to know the full impact of this epidemic for several more months until we see whether additional waves of microcephaly cases are born.feedback

Anthony Fauci

The way you prevent a locally transmitted case from becoming sustained and disseminated is good mosquito control. The CDC needs the money yesterday.feedback

Mara Gambineri

Mosquitoes have been trapped in the area of investigation and are being tested.feedback

Ary Faraji

Our best option is to try to find these mosquitoes quickly so that way we can eliminate them prior to their establishment. Once they become established, it is extremely difficult to get rid of those species.feedback

Gayle Love

We're constantly in the area. We're doing hand-held spraying, and we'll do more truck spraying Thursday.feedback

Georges Benjamin

The tragedy runs deeper than the number of babies who will be harmed and the spread of disease that Congress has ignored.feedback

James Hodge

We are talking about a generation of kids whose potential disabilities will not be showing up for years.. Who's really going to be held accountable for this?feedback

Amesh Adalja

It was only a matter of time before the right circumstances aligned in Florida.feedback

Tom Hudachko

What makes this case unique is the individual does not have any of the known risk factors we have seen with Zika virus.feedback

Angela Dunn - Department of Health

Our knowledge of this virus continues to evolve and our investigation is expected to help us better understand how this individual became infected. Based on what we know so far about this case, there is no evidence that there is any risk of Zika virus transmission among the general public in Utah.feedback

Patty Murray

Republicans chose to put their ideological battle against Planned Parenthood ahead of their responsibilities as legislators to help fight Zika.feedback

Umair Shah

You can have a rich neighborhood with their manicured lawns and still get the Aedes mosquito.feedback

Ann Barnes

We are definitely worried that what will happen is that individuals will be bitten, they will not recognize that they are at risk for the virus and will go undiagnosed and untreated. We are probably the ones who will see the first cases that are mosquito-borne. We are on the front line.feedback

Katy Caldwell

We also know that people who are uninsured don't seek treatment.feedback

Katy Caldwell

It is incredibly important for Congress as well as the state health department and local health departments to deal with this.feedback

Johnny Isakson

You find out today they're pregnant. Nine months from now you find out if there's a problem. We must begin to meet the Zika virus with a sense of urgency we have not seen up to now. It will be professional malpractice on our part if we leave here for seven weeks and have not done this.feedback

Barbara Boxer

A bill that actually restricts funding for birth control in the United States and Puerto Rico. Even though they know…it's part of the first line of defense (against Zika).feedback

Barbara Boxer

I am so disgusted with this situation. I am, as you can see, a little worked up.feedback

Harry M. Reid

Republicans have no desire to work with us to get a bipartisan Zika funding bill to the president – now, or any time in the future. It's all been a charade. Republicans are interested in one thing only: attacking Planned Parenthood.feedback

Anthony Fauci

We getting to the point where both the CDC and the NIH are actually running out of money, and we have important work to do.feedback

Bill Flores

The action is to go back to our communities and have a candid conversation about the challenges we face as a country. There's no need for us to try to cram a majority position down at this point.feedback

Laurentiu Colintineanu

A 27-year-old Romanian woman tested positive for Zika. This is an isolated case ... an import one.feedback

David Heymann - Health Protection Agency

Though we know more about Zika after the first seven months, there is still an urgent need to continue to sustain the global research and this still does remain an emergency of international concern. Zika is beginning to spread, continuing to cause outbreaks in many countries around the world.feedback

Subramaniam Sathasivam

We have to presume that there will be more cases particularly in Johor Bahru because of the close proximity to Singapore, and there is some new cases emerging from time to time. And the only way to avoid increasing in numbers of cases is by self protection and in the control of breeding sites of Aedes mosquito.feedback

Bill Nelson

This is how the Zika crisis is being treated, as a matter of partisan politics.feedback

Bill Nelson

It had all kinds of extraneous things in there, highly partisan provisions.feedback

Harry M. Reid

They'll force yet another failed vote on this cynical legislation and then pack their bags for the longest Senate vacation since 1954.feedback

Tom Frieden - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Multiple independent data sources indicate that at current trends, thousands of pregnant women in Puerto Rico will catch Zika.feedback

Carrie L. Byington

We will follow individuals who have exposure to Zika virus for up to two years. Because the cohort is anticipated to include primarily individuals in their reproductive years, we will be able to study reproductive health outcomes, including pregnancy outcomes.feedback

Carrie L. Byington

We hope to identify risk factors and protective measures that may help other travelers avoid infection.feedback

Carrie L. Byington

We partnered with the USOC to improve knowledge of the dynamics of Zika infection, so that we can better protect the health of athletes and staff who will participate in the 2016 Games.feedback

Carrie L. Byington

We partnered with the USOC to improve knowledge of the dynamics of Zika infection, so that we can better protect the health of athletes and staff who will participate in the 2016 Games. This ongoing relationship also opens avenues for long-term research that promises to benefit not only the Americas, but also other regions facing the emergence of the virus.feedback

Peter Hotez

It's not like Ebola, where people will be dying in the streets. It's what I call a delayed epidemic. The nightmare scenario is we miss it and seven, eight, nine months from now we see microcephaly cases showing up in the obstetric wards.feedback

Peter Hotez

The best way to do this is to undertake programs of active surveillance, where you are going into community health centers and clinics and in everybody who has a fever and a rash you are taking a blood sample and testing it for Zika.feedback

Peter Hotez

The way Congress is behaving, it's almost as if they think it's not real. There does not seem to be any urgency. For something like Zika, we shouldn't have to provide adult supervision over Congress.feedback

Tom Frieden - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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.feedback

Tom Frieden - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

I am just worried we are going to look back in four or five months and say, Why didn't we do more, then.feedback

Tom Frieden - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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.feedback

Anthony Fauci

If in the early part of 2017 we still have major outbreaks in South America and in the Caribbean, we may show that it's effective or not within a year. If the infections go way down the way Ebola went way down in west Africa when we were trying to test the vaccine, it may take three years to show that it works, or not.feedback

Anthony Fauci

There almost certainly will be a public health and economic burden if you have a lot of babies who are born with microcephaly and other congenital defects. The estimates of the lifetime cost of caring for a child with that kind of impairment ranges from a million to several million dollars.feedback

Luciano Moreira

What we could do is to spread, to release mosquitos with Wolbachia to replace the population of mosquitos in one certain area, or even in one city and then be able to block disease transmission. So it was found that Wolbachia in Aedes aegypti can block Dengue, can also block chickungunya virus, yellow fever and now we've found that it's also positive at blocking the Zika virus.feedback

Pedro Vansconelos

Zika is here to stay. It has already spread rapidly and you can't blame the Olympics for that.feedback

Anne Schuchat

Condoms are not popular in a lot places. There's religious and personal preferences and lots of personal factors in that.feedback

Carrie Williams

Ebola was totally unexpected. With Zika, we have been actively working on delaying or preventing it before it's really here.feedback

Nikos Vasilakis

There are people trying to blow this out of proportion. But one of the few things we do know is that the Olympics are not going to be a major contributor in epidemiological terms.feedback

Mauricio Nogueira - World Health Organization

Many, many things need to be looked at. How many people were asymptomatic? How many cases lead to microcephaly? What genetic factors are involved?feedback

Dan H. Barouch

These two vaccine candidates both provided complete protection against Zika virus challenge in mice. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of Zika virus vaccine protection in an animal model. The protection was striking.feedback

Dan H. Barouch

We showed that a single dose of either a DNA vaccine or purified live attenuated (weakened) vaccine provided protection against Zika challenge in susceptible mice.feedback

Dan H. Barouch

There are plenty of unanswered questions, such as the extent to which immunity to other flaviviruses like dengue may or may not impact vaccine responses or protection. That is something that clearly needs to be explored.feedback

John Cornyn

I wonder what the senators who voted against this bipartisan Zika funding bill would tell the mother of this child.feedback

Ethan Jackson

The idea of Premonition is to use a mosquito as a device that can go out and sample blood and then from that mosquito, we can try to understand what pathogens it might have encountered. So the technologies we needed to build go all the way to how do you catch a mosquito to how do you get it back to a lab, to how do you analyze it.feedback

Ethan Jackson

Project Premonition started from the observation that emerging infectious diseases are very difficult to predict, dangerous to societies and expensive. So the vision is can we make them more predictable? If we get it right, I hope the answer to that is yes. I hope that we can predict emerging infectious diseases before they surprise us, as we saw in the past with something like Ebola, as we see now with something like Zika.feedback

Ethan Jackson

I hope that we can predict emerging infectious diseases before they surprise us, as we saw in the past with something like Ebola, as we see now with something like Zika.feedback

Ethan Jackson

So the technologies we needed to build go all the way to how do you catch a mosquito to how do you get it back to a lab, to how do you analyze it.feedback

Clive McKimmie

This research could be the first step in repurposing commonly available anti-inflammatory drugs to treat bite inflammation before any symptoms set in.feedback

Eric Schultz

This is a bill that would steal money from other critically important public health priorities, including those funded by Affordable Care Act and those funded by our effort to combat ebola.feedback

Paul Ryan

It is a responsible plan that assures the administration will continue to have the needed resources to protect the public.feedback

Gavin Screaton

Although this work is at a very early stage, it suggests previous exposure to dengue virus may enhance Zika infection.feedback

Gavin Screaton

We now need further studies to confirm these findings, and to progress towards a vaccine.feedback

Nita Lowey

Offsetting emergency spending would set a precedent that will hinder our ability to respond to the next public health crisis, natural disaster, or national security event requiring emergency funding.feedback

Josh Earnest

Once again, Republicans have put political games ahead of the health and safety of the American people, particularly pregnant women and their babies. This plan from Congressional Republicans is four months late and nearly a billion dollars short of what our public health experts have said is necessary to do everything possible to fight the Zika virus and steals funding from other health priorities.feedback

Thomas Gellhaus

Women must have urgent access to the full spectrum of reproductive health services to avoid the potentially tragic consequences of Zika exposure. All women must have the legal right to abortion, unconstrained by harassment, unavailability of care, procedure bans, or other legislative or regulatory barriers. The Zika crisis makes it impossible to ignore that women around the world do not have access to this basic health care need.feedback

Abigail Aiken

If Zika does begin to transmit locally, you're looking at situations for (U.S.) women that may not be that different from countries like Brazil or Ecuador.feedback

Abigail Aiken

When you issue these kinds of advisories, but you uncouple them from pathways to safe and legal care, you create a really difficult situation for women.feedback

Steve Scalise

We've been working for a while to get the Zika bill worked out. It is finally worked out.feedback

Clive McKimmie

Mosquito bites are not just annoying – they are key for how these viruses spread around your body and cause disease.feedback

Nabal Jose Bracero

It is hard, close to impossible to ask doctors to take anything else from their pockets. Things are very, very rough.feedback

Gavin Corcoran - Allergan

We are working with the CDC Foundation on the distribution arrangements to ensure that product gets to Puerto Rico as quickly as possible.feedback

Peter Hotez

So I think people don't often appreciate how devastating Zika virus is.feedback

J. Joseph Kim - Inovio

We plan to dose our first subjects in the next weeks and expect to report phase I interim results later this year.feedback

Umair Shah

It's really about a neighbor who might have sources of breeding on their property that can impact a neighbor two or three houses down.feedback

Uwe Oberlaender - F. Hoffmann-La Roche

The LightMix Modular Zika Virus Assay (CE) provides healthcare professionals an immediate option to detect the virus.feedback

Umair Shah

There may be folks who say, Nah, I'm not really interested in helping. That's where the challenge comes in.feedback

Tom Frieden - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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.feedback

Tom Frieden - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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.feedback

Denise Jamieson - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The pattern that we're seeing here in the U.S. among travelers is very similar to what we're seeing in other places like Colombia and Brazil.feedback

Denise Jamieson - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

We're hoping this underscores the importance of pregnant women not traveling to areas of ongoing Zika virus transmission if possible, and if they do need to travel to ensure that they avoid mosquito bites and the risk of sexual transmission.feedback

Christian Lindmeier - World Health Organization

The confidentiality agreement is to hold confidential deliberations and decisions of the committee. That's very important to allow for open and unbiased discussion. But the transparency is assured afterwards by making all public what needs to be made public.feedback

Nyka Alexander - World Health Organization

It's not saying they should delay. They should be given the information about it and offered that as an option.feedback

Tom Frieden - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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.feedback

Karen Hacker

We want to remind residents that, despite this rare incident, there is still no current risk of contracting Zika from mosquitoes in Allegheny County. For those traveling to countries affected by Zika, we urge caution. Pregnant women particularly should avoid travel to affected countries.feedback

Martin Edlund

There's so much talk about zika and the terrifying effects during pregnancy but just in sheer scale, malaria outstrips it many times over.feedback

Peter Hotez

It's about time. What happens when Zika hits Texas and the Gulf Coast this summer?feedback

Amir Attaran

People can legitimately argue about the magnitude of the risk. Nobody is denying the risk exists.feedback

Thomas Bach - International Olympic Committee

There is no pressure whatsoever. We are grateful for the cooperation with the WHO, which is giving us the information, which is helping us with data, which is helping everybody by giving advice on travel.feedback

Anthony Fauci

We now have in the United States, close to 600 travel related cases, and there are also a considerable number of women ... close to 160 pregnant women who have gotten infected. It just underscores the importance of trying to protect pregnant women.feedback

Barack Obama

If I'm a young family right now, or somebody who's thinking about starting a family, this is just a piece of insurance that I want to purchase.feedback

Barack Obama

Bottom line is Congress needs to get me a bill. They should not be going off on recess before this is done.feedback

Barack Obama

Every child that has something like microcephaly, that may end up costing up to $10 million over the lifetime of that child in terms of that family providing that child the support that they need. Add that up. It doesn't take a lot of cases for you to get to $1.9 billion. Why wouldn't we want to make that investment now?feedback

Barack Obama

This is not something where we can build a wall to prevent – mosquitoes don't go through Customs. We've got to get moving. And what essentially NIH and CDC have been doing is taking pots of money from other things – universal flu funds or Ebola funds or other funds – just to get the thing rolling.feedback

Barack Obama

So, effectively, there's no new money there; all that the House has done is said, You can rob Peter to pay Paul.feedback

Patty Murray

We are going to need to keep the pressure on House Republicans to set aside their partisan bill and actually get the administration the emergency resources they need.feedback

Margaret Chan - World Health Organization

As we know, microcephaly takes a long time, the babies can grow to adulthood, so how can governments provide a regular monitoring and evaluation as the child develops, because now I talked to the paediatrics and neurologists there, and they begin to observe some hearing problem, some visual problem, and then when they begin to get older, they may have some developmental problems.feedback

Margaret Chan - World Health Organization

So this is going to be a long-term sort of advise to the government to re-purpose the health system.feedback

Leonardo Piccian

Combat and prevention measures are being adopted as public security measures. The most important thing is that Brazil at this time has a positive message for the world. We are of the conviction that we are ready and we need to re-affirm this to the international community, that we're open to receive international entities and representatives from other countries to show off our preparation.feedback

Margaret Chan - World Health Organization

The more we learn about Zika, the more worried we get about it. I must say that once again. The risk profile of Zika has changed over the years.feedback

Eduardo Paes

And I know the British, they will love Rio as they did in the (football) World Cup.feedback

Michele Camargo Moraes

It's impossible the mayor doesn't know anyone who's had it. We don't have any proof we can be calm.feedback

Hal Rogers

This legislation will make dollars available to fight the disease now, prioritizing critical activities that must begin immediately, such as vaccine development and mosquito control. The legislation funds these efforts in a responsible way, using existing resources – including excess funding left over from the Ebola outbreak – to pay for it.feedback

Erin Sykes - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC has confirmed the first case of Zika virus disease in a fetus in Puerto Rico. CDC conducted the laboratory test that confirmed the diagnosis and has shared the results with the Puerto Rico Department of Health. This case of Zika virus disease in a pregnancy saddens and concerns us as it highlights the potential for additional cases and associated adverse pregnancy outcomes.feedback

Patty Murray

I have pushed for the $1.9 (billion) since the beginning. I think it's the right package. But I have reached an agreement with Blunt on what we can put into a package, and we'll have a vote on it.feedback

Josh Earnest

We certainly would have liked to have seen more prompt congressional action on this. Frankly, at this point, given the delays and given the heightened stakes, we welcome any sort of forward momentum in Congress.feedback

Josh Earnest

It could not be clearer that Congress needs to take action to help our states and our local officials fight the Zika virus. That is critical for health and safety of the American people.feedback

Marco Rubio

This is going to be an ongoing issue beyond this year. We need to jump on it now. For the first time, I've seen high-level conversations about a way forward here in the Senate and that's a positive development.feedback

Patty Murray

I am very glad that Chairman Blunt and I have been able to work together on an emergency funding bill to quickly respond to the Zika threat.feedback

Adam Jentleson

The Republican Senate refuses to hold hearings on (Supreme Court nominee) Judge (Merrick) Garland, refuses to fund the President's request for Zika aid, and takes the most days off of any Senate since 1956, but thinks Facebook hearings are a matter of urgent national interest. The taxpayers who pay Republican senators' salaries probably want their money back.feedback

Danny Willett

I think the Zika thing was a relatively simple way of having a little bit of an excuse there.feedback

Scott Weaver

I think that the risk of Zika virus beginning to circulate in the United States in the mainland – it's already in Puerto Rico of course – is going to be peaking during the next few weeks.feedback

Marco Safadi

The true burden of congenital disease with Zika virus is probably underestimated.feedback

Karin Nielsen

We were screening for it and going out and even going out and looking for it, and we did not find any children with Zika infection.feedback

Denise Jamieson - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

In the continental U.S., there are no cases of local transmission from mosquito bites. in Puerto Rico "there are ongoing cases of Zika virus.feedback

Genhong Cheng

The Zika virus has undergone significant genetic changes in the past 70 years.feedback

Tom Frieden - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

It is now clear … that Zika does cause microcephaly. We believe the microcephaly is likely to be part of a range of birth defects.feedback

Maria Lucia Brito Ferreira

Though our study is small, itmay provide evidence that in this case the virus has different effects on the brain than those identified in current studies. This doesn't mean that all people infected with Zika will experience these brain problems. Of those who have nervous system problems, most do not have brain symptoms. However, our study may shed light on possible lingering effects the virus may be associated with in the brain.feedback

Heather Higginbottom

There are not enough existing resources to address the threat of both Ebola and the Zika virus.feedback

Mark Woolhouse

If Zika is the cause of microcephaly (and at the moment this looks increasingly likely), then a more subtle interaction between virus, patient and environment is involved, rather than some new property arising within the virus due to mutation.feedback

Dilma Rousseff

My entire government is engaged in dealing with this emergency. There will be no shortage of resources so we can reverse this Zika epidemic in the quickest and most adequate way possible.feedback

Anna P. Durbin

We don't believe that dengue antibodies are protective against Zika infection. So many people who previously had dengue are getting Zika.feedback

Jorge Munoz

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.feedback

Jorge Munoz

Until a few months ago, no one had any idea that Zika could cause birth defects.feedback

Karen B. DeSalvo - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Availability of safe blood products for the residents of Puerto Rico is a major priority for HHS. We are arranging the importation of blood products from areas unaffected by local Zika transmission to ensure the safety of Puerto Rico's blood supply.feedback

Amelia Pinto

By determining whether Zika virus infects cells in the brain and what happens to a cell that is infected, this paper begins to tackle questions surrounding how a virus that had previously been known to cause a mild illness could be linked to microcephaly.feedback

Nicholas Jackson - Sanofi Pasteur

We need to think about a Zika vaccine that is potentially going to be given to different age groups.feedback

Nicholas Jackson - Sanofi Pasteur

Because the Zika virus seems to be well-conserved at the genetic level that greatly improves the chances of success in developing a vaccine.feedback

Margaret Chan - World Health Organization

Possible links with neurological complications and birth malformations have rapidly changed the risk profile for Zika from a mild threat to one of very serious proportions.feedback

Peter W. Marks - Food and Drug Administration

Based on the best available evidence, we believe the new recommendations will help reduce the risk of collecting blood and blood components from donors who may be infected with the Zika virus.feedback

Sergio da Rocha

Abortion is not the answer to the Zika virus, we need to value life in whatever situation or condition it may be.feedback

Marie-Paule Kieny - World Health Organization

It seems indeed that the link with Zika virus (and microcephaly) is becoming more and more probable, so I think that we need a few more weeks and a few more studies to have this straight.feedback

Martha Lucia Ospina

We have confirmed and attributed three deaths to Zika. In this case, the three deaths were preceded by Guillain-Barre syndrome.feedback

Jonathan Galaviz

It will certainly create a bit of caution in the minds of tourists and they may think twice about it. But I don't see Zika standing in the way of a successful F1 event or tourism flows in the short term.feedback

Reynold Ofanoa

We were suspecting a probable outbreak of either Zika, dengue or chikungunya. So we sent the blood specimens for testing overseas and when we obtained the results it showed that we've got confirmed positive blood tests for Zika.feedback

Nicholas Jackson - Sanofi Pasteur

Well the virus does mutate, but actually when you look at the available genetic information the actual Zika virus is quite well conserved, it's about 95 percent, so it's only a small proportion of the virus's genetic code that is different. So that does make it a relatively easy target compared to some other viruses.feedback

Nial O'Reilly

But without this collaboration, and without an effective and safe vaccine. How serious could this epidemic, this outbreak of Zika become?feedback

Nicholas Jackson - Sanofi Pasteur

It's a global challenge and is one that typically take could many years to do, but the WHO has made it very clear that Zika is an emergency on a global level that needs to dealt with internationally. So, we can respond to that for two reasons. First of all we have the technology and the expertise in house. We also have a wide infrastructure that has been put in place to deal with dengue for our dengue vaccine, so we get a jump start here by being able to tap into that and allow the vaccine development to be accelerated.feedback

Nicholas Jackson - Sanofi Pasteur

The mosquitoes that could transmit and are transmitting Zika have been identified in southern Europe and across area of the United States, and that is what makes this frightening and if there is this association with these clinical complications it is going to be of great concern for public health.feedback

Nicholas Jackson - Sanofi Pasteur

Dengue is a similar virus and belongs to the same family as Zika, this mosquito is highly domesticated it lives in your home, its under your kitchen table, it bites very aggressively and its taken dengue to a hundred countries around the world.feedback

Nicholas Jackson - Sanofi Pasteur

Actually if the neurological disorder, Guillain-Barré syndrome, which causes ascending paralysis, if that is confirmed to be associated with Zika then we need a vaccine to prevent that disease as well, which would be all ages potentially and both genders. We certainly recognise the priority here is potentially women thinking of becoming pregnant, who would really benefit from a vaccine that prevents the disease.feedback

Zsuzsanna Jakab - World Health Organization

Now is the time for countries to prepare themselves to reduce the risk to their populations. Every European country in which Aedes mosquitoes are present can be at risk for the spread of Zika virus disease.feedback

Alistair Campbell - Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co.

It's a public health good initiative, it's not necessarily a commercial initiative. Zika is something that has cropped up suddenly and may well dissipate, so there may not be a sustainable annual cohort of patients for vaccination.feedback

Nicholas Jackson - Sanofi Pasteur

Sanofi Pasteur is responding to the global call to action to develop a Zika vaccine given the disease's rapid spread and possible medical complications. In addition to the serious possibility of congenital complications associated with Zika, investigations are also under way to assess another reported connection between Zika and a dangerous neurological disorder.feedback

Anna Padula - GlaxoSmithKline

We're concluding our feasibility studies as quickly as we can to see if our vaccine technology platforms might be suitable for working on Zika.feedback

Matthew Sims - Beaumont Health

Dengue fever and chikungunya are both much worse in terms of their symptoms. The Zika virus is less severe in comparison.feedback

Margaret Chan - World Health Organization

If someone is bitten by a mosquito carrying the Zika virus, the damage is more dramatic if we are talking about a pregnant woman. If I am a man or woman, unless I'm pregnant, I would develop the antibodies necessary to fight virus in 3 or 4 days. Unless we are talking about a pregnant woman, there is zero risk -- it's zero in the sense of something major happening.feedback

Jeremy Farrar

The WHO faced heavy criticism for waiting too long to declare the Ebola outbreak a public health emergency and they should be congratulated for being far more proactive this time. Today's declaration will give the WHO the authority and resources it needs to lead the international response to Zika.feedback

Margaret Chan - World Health Organization

The possible links, only recently suspected, have rapidly changed the risk profile of Zika from a mild threat to one of alarming proportions. The increased incidence of microcephaly is particularly alarming, as it places a heart-breaking burden on families and communities. the situation today is dramatically different.feedback

Dilma Rousseff

While we do not have a vaccine against the Zika virus, the war must be concentrated on the elimination of breeding grounds for the mosquito. Getting rid of Zika is the responsibility of all of us.feedback

Scott Kirby - American Airlines

Zika is not airborne, so there is not a danger of it being transmitted between passengers. As a result, you wouldn't expect it to have as big an impact as something like SARS.feedback

Adam Hackel - Sterne Agee Group

People incrementally are starting to pay a little more attention to Zika than they were before. (They) freak out when it comes to airlines.feedback

Paul Roepe

The only way you can get Zika is by the bite of an infected mosquito. And that mosquito has to pick it up from an infected person. It's spreading quickly in Central and South America because there are lot of people that are currently infected.feedback

Anthony Fauci

We don't have local transmission of the virus in the US right now. There's essentially no risk at all because we don't have locally transmitted Zika virus in the US.feedback

Margaret Chan - World Health Organization

A causal relationship between Zika virus infection, birth malformations and neurological symptoms has not yet been established, but is strongly suspected.feedback

Dilma Rousseff

As long as we don't have a vaccine against Zika virus, the war must be focused on exterminating the mosquito's breeding areas.feedback

Lawrence Gostin

It is far better to be over-prepared than to wait until a Zika epidemic spins out of control. If the association between microcephaly and Zika virus is confirmed, there will be an ethical imperative to protect women of childbearing age from contracting the infection. The public will demand well-funded, proactive leadership from the World Health Organization.feedback

Anthony Fauci

I think that's why you see people jumping all over the Zika problem right now.feedback

Francis Collins - National Institutes of Health

With no vaccine or treatment currently available to prevent or treat Zika infection, the best way for individuals–and pregnant women in particular–to protect themselves is to avoid traveling to places where Zika is known to be spreading.feedback

Margaret Chan - World Health Organization

Although a causal link between Zika infection in pregnancy and microcephaly has not – and I must emphasise, has not – been established, the circumstantial evidence is suggestive and extremely worrisome.feedback