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Mary Bassett - Department of Health
My tenure as commissioner has been dominated by microbes. In each challenge, whether it was Ebola, Legionnaires' disease, or Zika, the mayor has shown unwavering support to public health.feedback
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Oct 16 2017
You can find on this page a variety of quotes, by one or many people, on what they said about Zika. 293 people are quoted and you can read 618 citations of them about Zika. Tom Frieden, Anthony Fauci and Rick Scott, are those who have spoken the most about this topic. Tom Frieden said: “What we often see with this type of infection, it's really bad in the first year and less bad in future years. That's why C.D.C. has retained its travel guidance.”.
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All quotes about Zika

Kevin Esvelt

With the gene drive system, we could simply spread infertility. It spreads indefinitely. Our real enemies – the things we really do want to drive extinct – are viruses and parasites. We don't necessarily want the mosquitoes that carry it gone. So if we can suppress them down to levels where they can no longer transmit the virus and we can remove all of the other places where it's present, then we can eradicate the disease without permanently harming the mosquito.feedback

Linus Upson - Google

But ultimately, the computers can do this much better than humans can. We looked at all of the different options. The wolbachia approach was very attractive from a regulatory and public acceptance standpoint ... It was just the easiest way for us to get started.feedback

Andrea Leal

One mosquito out there could be the means of transmitting diseases to multiple people.feedback

Steve Mulligan

It's a terrible nuisance, a terrible biting nuisance. It's changed the way people can enjoy their back yard and it's a threat for disease transmission. So we're looking for new ways to eliminate it.feedback

Steve Mulligan

Invasive species disrupt and impact the environments into which they invade. We do not expect that reducing or eliminating the populations of Aedes aegypti would have any negative effect on the environment, nor would it harm any insect-eating animals. In fact, the eradication of Aedes aegypti from California would actually have a positive effect on the human environment and on human health.feedback

Kathleen Parkes

Automated sex-sorting is a key advancement for this research. Traditionally, mosquito sex-sorting is a very labor-intensive process. Verily has developed a system that uses computer vision algorithms to identify the sex of the mosquitoes and only let the males through.feedback

Steve Mulligan

It's kind of contrary to what a person would think. What, you're doing what? You're releasing mosquitoes to control mosquitoes?' . We are releasing male mosquitoes because male mosquitoes do not bite and cannot transmit disease.feedback

Krystle McConico

Two of my close friends are also pregnant, and we haven't had one conversation about Zika. My physician didn't mention it at my first appointment.feedback

Anthony Fauci

If we get a big, big outbreak, we can get an answer about the vaccine's efficacy by mid-2018. If we don't, it may take till 2020 or 2021.feedback

Paul Jarris

We need a contingency fund for epidemics. If we have a hurricane, FEMA doesn't have to wait for months until Congress responds. Not having a fund just doesn't make sense.feedback

Krystle McConico

Also, mosquitoes just don't like me. I can sit on the porch with my mother and father, and they get bitten all over and I get nothing.feedback

Jessenia Rocha

My doctor said, Don't go,' but I had to be there. So my doctor said, O.K., then wear long sleeves and use repellent. Last year, as soon as you turned on TV – Zika! As soon as you got to work – Zika! This year, I haven't seen anything.feedback

Jamie Nadal - United Nations

Zika happens in a historical context ... it mainly affects the periphery, mainly affects brown, black and young women.feedback

Steve Mulligan

That is very much of a concern because it is the primary vector for diseases such as dengue, chikungunya and obviously Zika.feedback

Georges Benjamin

From her work as a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist to her recent service as the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health, Dr. Fitzgerald is more than prepared to face the health challenges of our time, including climate change, Zika, Ebola, and our growing burden of chronic disease.feedback

Carleigh Krubiner

And with Zika–because pregnant women [are] really at the heart of the concerns around the Zika epidemic, it was something that really couldn't be overlooked.feedback

Carleigh Krubiner

Our hope as we move forward is to develop a much broader framework for different types of pathogens, different types of epidemic threats, and to ensure that for all these different threats that come out that pregnant women aren't forgotten and left behind.feedback

Carleigh Krubiner

What are they owed, out of respect and out of a duty of justice, to ensure that they aren't excluded from the potential benefits that could be associated with participating in a trial?feedback

Flor M. Munoz

Our concern is that a developing brain in early life can be impacted significantly. It's an important question to address not just for children that live in the endemic areas, but also for children who travel to these areas.feedback

Seth Berkley

If they are successful in building a vector that can be rapidly scaled up for new agents, in how to do regulatory approvals, in how to do rapid clinical trials, that will be very useful. Trying to raise money for Ebola now is impossible. The same with yellow fever, Zika, cholera. The biggest problem will be sticking with the program and having consistent long-term financing.feedback

Rebecca Eisen - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

One method that we think is important is the transport of new tires. Tire recycling facilities are also associated with these species.feedback

Sara Rosenbaum

Could you imagine tomorrow if finally we had a Zika virus vaccine, and that vaccine costs $50K a dose? Would you not want every woman of childbearing age to be immunized?feedback

Anne Schuchat

I think the bottom line for women is that there is no doubt that Zika virus during pregnancy diagnosed during any trimester can lead to birth defects. It's very important to get tested … and to have the baby followed up carefully. This is a very dangerous virus in the pregnancy setting.feedback

Anne Schuchat

We know that it causes brain abnormalities, vision problems and other devastating consequences of brain damage that might require a lifetime of care.feedback

Anne Schuchat

We continue to urge pregnant women to avoid travel to areas where Zika is spreading and that includes Puerto Rico. We can't predict exactly how much Zika will be spreading these next several months or the next several years. But cases continue to occur. The vector is there.feedback

Peggy Honein

This report highlights the threat of Zika virus infection in pregnancy, particularly the risk of damage to the baby's brain. To help us fully understand and plan for Zika's effect, we must continue to monitor babies for any problems with vision, hearing, or other disabilities.feedback

Anne Schuchat

With a new mosquito season and summer traveling beginning, we cannot afford to be complacent. We must continue preparing for another mosquito season. Some babies have seizures while others have little to no control of their limbs.feedback

Laura Riley

There were women who had asymptomatic Zika whose babies were damaged.feedback

Tom Frieden - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The report mentions that only 18 percent of pregnancies they identified were in the first trimester, while you'd expect it to be a third.feedback

Anne Schuchat

We do agree that the disease went up and it's come down, but that the risk is ongoing and that's why they are continuing intensive surveillance and outreach.feedback

Tom Frieden - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

What we often see with this type of infection, it's really bad in the first year and less bad in future years. That's why C.D.C. has retained its travel guidance.feedback

Laura Riley

It's incredibly useful. Patients want to know what is the likelihood their baby could be damaged. At least now, I feel like I had some numbers I can utilize in counseling.feedback

Anne Schuchat

As these latest findings illustrate, Zika virus poses a serious threat to pregnant women and their babies, regardless of when the infection occurs during the pregnancy. Women in the U.S. territories and elsewhere who have continued exposure to mosquitoes carrying Zika are at risk of infection. We must remain vigilant and committed to preventing new Zika infections.feedback

Anne Schuchat

We can't predict exactly how much Zika will be spreading these next several months, or in fact the next several years, but we know the vector is there.feedback

Bhavin Joshi

We didn't find out until the state government recently declared a few days back.feedback

Ashish Patel

I'm still not exactly sure what it is – I had never heard of its name before. I wanted to know more about it immediately, but I still don't. I don't understand how it's spread. I'm scared of getting it, and the thought has worried me all week.feedback

Herminia Palacio

While we did not see any locally acquired cases of Zika last summer, we did see several hundred cases transmitted through travel in locations where the virus is still very prevalent. It is critical that New Yorkers who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, along with their sexual partners, do not travel to Zika-affected areas.feedback

Mary Bassett - Department of Health

Last year, the city took unprecedented action to raise awareness and reach out to communities about the risks of traveling to areas with Zika transmission. This season, our campaign and awareness efforts are shaped by what we learned over the past year. Although local transmission of the Zika virus remains unlikely, the virus continues to circulate in Latin America and the Caribbean islands. We urge women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, along with their sexual partners, to avoid traveling to these areas.feedback

Oliver Pybus

We also found that northeast Brazil, which was the region with the most recorded cases of Zika and microcephaly, was the nexus of the epidemic in Brazil and played a key role in its spread within Brazil to major urban centers, such as Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, before spreading across the Americas.feedback

Nick Loman

Genome sequencing has become a powerful tool for studying emerging infectious diseases, however, genome sequencing directly from clinical samples without isolation remains challenging for viruses such as Zika. We developed a new protocol that allows for real-time genomic sequencing – something of vital importance when managing viral outbreaks as it can provide real insight into how a virus is spreading, transmitting and evolving.feedback

Kristian Andersen

It's relatively mild in most people, so it didn't get picked up. We weren't looking for it at all because we didn't know it was there. It's the only place where you have vast amounts of cruises and flights coming in from the Caribbean and this population of Aedes that's increasing in number just as the virus is coming in. We should think about helping to fight Zika in the countries where it's coming from, like the Caribbean. For the U.S., supporting healthcare in the source countries isn't a bad investment.feedback

Pedro Fernando da Costa Vasconcelos

Strong preventive measures are necessary to keep levels of Aedes aegypti low.feedback

Michael Worobey

The responses to the recent Ebola and Zika outbreaks undoubtedly involved great courage and ingenuity, but they have looked too much like valiant bucket brigades organized after the fire is out of control. We should be detecting such outbreaks within days or weeks through routine, massive, sequence-based approaches – not months or years later, when clinical symptoms have accumulated.feedback

Bronwyn MacInnis

Genomics allowed us to reconstruct how the virus traveled and changed across the epidemic – which also means that genomics could have helped detect it much earlier. We were way behind the curve on Zika. We need to be well ahead of the next emerging viral threat, and genomics can have a role in achieving this.feedback

Lyle Petersen

Our most recent surveillance data show that we have documented 36,583 cases of Zika virus disease in the U.S. territories and 5,282 in U.S. states and DC.feedback

Lyle Petersen

Of the nearly 1,000 births in 2016 recorded in the Zika pregnancy registries, 51 had a Zika-associated birth defect, mostly serious brain abnormalities and microcephaly.feedback

Timothy Persons

GAO also determined that CDC and FDA did not consistently communicate sufficient information about diagnostic tests, including providing clear information that would have enabled users to more easily compare performance across different tests.feedback

Timothy Persons

Users of the tests also encountered challenges, including determining the most accurate test to use, having access to different tests, and obtaining equipment needed to conduct the tests. Some manufacturers raised concerns about the difficulty in developing diagnostic tests that met the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) requirements for Emergency Use Authorization and some users expressed concerns about selecting tests amongst those authorized.feedback

Lyle Petersen

Only about one in four babies born to women with Zika virus infection during pregnancy are receiving the recommended brain imaging after birth. Some brain abnormalities are only identified with brain imaging, suggesting that the impact of Zika on babies born to mothers infected with the virus may be underestimated. Of these cases, we have identified 224 cases of Zika in Florida and Texas due to local mosquito transmission. CDC has also documented 3,795 pregnant women with laboratory evidence of Zika virus infection in U.S. territories and 1,845 in U.S. states and D.C.feedback

Tim Murphy

Once again, GAO has shown that we were not fully prepared at the outset of the outbreak.feedback

Stéphane Bancel

We modeled Moderna to mimic biology by giving your body the instructions for your cells to make the proteins you need to protect you. My bet is that in the next five years, we'll have two times as many drugs in the clinic than anybody else in the world. We're just warming up now.feedback

Anna Durbin

People are pretty excited about the potential for mRNA vaccines. But right now we don't have the human data to see if they're going to live up to their potential.feedback

Anna Durbin

We had a similar sense of excitement and possibility with DNA vaccines that haven't quite panned out the way we hoped. People will be very interested in these Zika vaccine results.feedback

Harry Bulstrode

Zika virus infection in babies and children is a major global health concern, and the focus has been to discover more about the virus to find new possible treatments. We're taking a different approach, and want to use these new insights to see if the virus can be unleashed against one of the hardest-to-treat cancers . We hope to show that the Zika virus can slow down brain tumour growth in tests in the lab. If we can learn lessons from Zika's ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and target brain stem cells selectively, we could be holding the key to future treatments.feedback

Peter Hotez

We had the sense that Congress was really not aware of the depth and breath of the vulnerability of the Gulf Coast regions. One of the problems is we do not do active surveillance for Zika along the Gulf Coast.feedback

Joseph M. Conlon - Navy

They are more of a toy than anything else. It will knock down a few mosquitoes and your kids might have fun with it … but in these days of Zika virus and chikungunya, or dengue, you need to get serious about this stuff.feedback

Mark Beavers

Mosquitoes are a public health threat. Zika virus is currently one of the most notable illnesses that can be spread by mosquitoes, and it will likely be a problem again this year, especially in areas where the type of mosquito that can carry the virus thrives.feedback

Michael Seifert

If you show up at my door and you're a health person, and I've been shown to have Zika and they say, were you traveling?' – I'm not so sure I'll tell you that.feedback

Lisa Mitchell-Bennett

I think it's pretty clear that we're going to get more cases. When, how quickly, I don't think anybody knows.feedback

Joseph McCormick

We have to have better surveillance so that we know if the virus is expanding, where is it going. We need human surveillance and some mosquito surveillance to know where the mosquitoes are.feedback

Joseph McCormick

It's going to hit the poorest people. People that live in areas where mosquitoes are going to breed, areas where they have poor housing, just like it is in South America. More resources are going to have to come but it's not clear it's going to come from this administration. That part of it's bleak.feedback

Patricia Pena

You have a lot of these families who don't even have money to get rid of their garbage, and their houses are infested with all kinds of creatures, including mosquitoes.feedback

Lisa Mitchell-Bennett

When they say we have travel cases of Zika, it's not like somebody flew in from Brazil. They went to visit their aunt or their boyfriend 100 metres across the river on the weekend, or they went to their family Sunday dinner.feedback

Patricia Pena

Even though there's been a lot of announcements on TV about it and how to protect yourself, families are still very naive when it comes to the information on Zika.feedback

Bill Gates - Microsoft

Whether the next epidemic is unleashed by a quirk of nature or the hand of terrorist, scientists say a fast-moving airborne pathogen could kill more than 30 million people in less than a year. So the world does need to think about this. We will have epidemics in the next 20 years far worse than the ebola epidemic, or the Zika epidemic and there is some chance it would be a form of flu.feedback

Peter Hotez

The fact that you find it in Aedes albopictus is not surprising. The question is how important it is for transmission.feedback

Chelsea Smartt

Our results mean that Aedes albopictus may have a role in Zika virus transmission and should be of concern to public health. This mosquito is found worldwide, has a wide range of hosts and has adapted to colder climates. The role of this mosquito in Zika virus transmission needs to be assessed.feedback

Derric Nimmo - Oxitec

When people think of genetically modified organisms, they often think of an organism which has been designed to persist in the environment. Our released mosquitoes and their offspring are designed to die, so do not leave an environmental footprint. … We release modified Aedes aegypti males, which have one job – to mate with wild females.feedback

Derric Nimmo - Oxitec

Insecticides are only able to suppress the population of Aedes aegypti by 30 percent to 50 percent at best, which is not enough. In trials in urban environments in Brazil, Panama and the Cayman Islands, we have suppressed the wild population by more than 90 percent.feedback

Mila de Mier

If it doesn't work, how do you recall it? I don't want my kids to be laboratory rats.feedback

Andrew Monaghan

There may be elevated risk in communities in central Florida, the Florida Keys, as well as border communities in the Rio Grande Valley in south Texas.feedback

John Hellerstedt

Zika remains a significant health risk to pregnant women and their babies, and it's only a matter of time until we see local transmission here again.feedback

Scott Gottlieb

Is my highest and most immediate priority. This is a staggering human tragedy that is going to require dramatic action on the part of the agency.feedback

Peggy Honein

We know that some babies have underlying brain defects that are otherwise not evident at birth. Because we do not have brain imaging reports for most infants whose mothers had Zika during pregnancy, our current report might significantly underestimate the impact of Zika.feedback

Scott Gottlieb

I want to earn and keep the public's trust. I think this is a public health emergency on the order of Ebola and Zika. I think in order to address it now, the types of actions that we are going to need to take are going to be more dramatic, perhaps, than the types of actions we would have taken 10 years ago. I think the FDA is constantly getting drawn into commercial disputes, which puts the agency into a difficult position. I think this is a problem that I am uniquely suited to try to ... solve.feedback

Edward J. Markey

We are suffering from this public health epidemic because Big Pharma pushed pills they knew were dangerous and addictive, the FDA approved them, often without expert counsel, and doctors – because they do not have mandatory education on these drugs – prescribed them.feedback

Anne Schuchat

We've seen that these circumstances are just heartbreaking for families and clinicians.feedback

Anne Schuchat

We are still seeing about 30 to 40 new Zika cases in pregnant women each week in the United States. Some seemingly healthy babies born following pregnancies complicated by Zika may have developmental problems that become evident months after birth. Some babies may have seizures while other babies may have problems controlling their arms and legs. Some babies cry constantly and are inconsolable no matter what their caregiver does. Zika is still with us. We don't know how much transmission there will be this year. Every mosquito bite carries a risk.feedback

Anne Schuchat

We cannot afford to be complacent when a single bite from a Zika-affected mosquito can lead to such a devastating condition.feedback

Anne Schuchat

That proportion increased to 15 percent for women with confirmed Zika during their first trimester.feedback

Margaret Honein - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

It's really key for these babies to have a head ultrasound or CT scan to look for abnormalities that may not be apparent at birth. Knowing that not all these babies are receiving brain imaging, this may be significantly underestimating the complete number of infants with birth defects.feedback

Roberta DeBiasi

It's an important report because it's a more complete cohort now, so we're getting a little more information. It does answer that the first trimester is the worst. But you can't take away from this, Oh, as long as I'm not infected in the first trimester, it will be fine.feedback

Anne Schuchat

Zika virus can be scary and potentially devastating to families. Zika virus continues to be a threat to pregnant women across the U.S. With warm weather and a new mosquito season approaching, prevention is crucial to protect the health of mothers and babies. Healthcare providers can play a key role in prevention efforts.feedback

Roberta DeBiasi

Even if they look 100 percent beautiful at birth, they all need to get an ultrasound of the head.feedback

Anne Schuchat

The one thing that didn't exactly surprise me, but sobers me, is that these reports come in from 44 states. This isn't something that only the docs in Florida need to worry about; clinicians in every state need to know. I think it is very likely that we are underestimating the birth defects that follow Zika in pregnancy. Some babies that are born looking pretty much O.K. are eventually diagnosed with some effects of congenital Zika syndrome.feedback

Anthony Fauci

It is imperative that public health research continue to work to contain the spread of the virus.feedback

Anthony Fauci

I'm totally intent on getting this vaccine to the point where it can be a usable vaccine.feedback

Anthony Fauci

Evidence also is accumulating that Zika can cause a variety of health problems in adults as well, including Guillain-Barré syndrome and heart-related issues.feedback

Anthony Fauci

If there is a good vaccine efficacy signal and there is an outbreak in South America, the FDA could make that vaccine available by different mechanisms. But it depends on the emergent need of the vaccine and the quality of the data. That money has been allocated to this trial, and it's not going to be unallocated.feedback

Anthony Fauci

I will certainly be talking to Francis Collins when he returns from the White House.feedback

Anthony Fauci

A safe and effective Zika vaccine is urgently needed to prevent the often-devastating birth defects that can result from Zika virus infection during pregnancy. Evidence also is accumulating that Zika can cause a variety of health problems in adults as well. There are no safety concerns and the immune responses that we are getting are looking quite good so far. I really can't predict what the budget situation is going to be.feedback

Leslie Vosshall

We won't be done with this chapter in the history of mosquito biology until that is fixed.feedback

Michael Schatz

Their work significantly improves over the older projects. The assemblies they produce are an enormous improvement over the version I helped to publish in 2007.feedback

Sanjit Singh Batra

At least in the foreseeable future, there's no method that can compete.feedback

Jay Shendure

It has taken a while for this approach to catch its sails, because most groups did not have much experience with Hi-C, but that's changed in the last year, as the technique has become easier to implement.feedback

Olga Dudchenko

It's very clear that this is the way that you want to be doing it.feedback

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

Peter Kyriacopoulos

Public health is never well-funded, which means that in the lab, things get very, very tight. I often say that in this country, we're lucky we don't have more than one public health emergency at a time. If we had Zika and a serious foodborne disease outbreak, we would have been in very bad shape.feedback

Kelly Wroblewski

They allow you to perform constant surveillance in the community and identify when you need to respond.feedback

Sara Vetter

It gives me the flexibility to do whatever I need to do and to build capacity for that we don't know about already–like Zika. If a new public health threat hits, do we stop another type of testing to respond to it? Do we put rabies testing on hold? Or foodborne illnesses?feedback

Sara Vetter

I'm very concerned about our ability to respond to H7N9 bird flu or anything else that's emerging.feedback

Peter W. Marks - Food and Drug Administration

When semen is donated, it can be stored frozen for significant periods of time, and that doesn't necessarily inactivate the Zika virus. If you're a woman who is considering using donated semen samples that have been collected during this period of time, you need to have a conversation with your provider about potential benefits and risks of using it.feedback

Pam Belluck

The waiting made it feel like I was somehow more involved, and more exposed. All of these other sensations – things I was seeing, hearing, smelling – had time to seep in. It all felt more visceral.feedback

Pam Belluck

Here's this girl, who's the same age as my kids, and who's had to give up on her schooling and completely change her life for a future that's so different than what you'd want for any teenager. I'm full of admiration for how strong she is, and how self-assured she seems to be about her baby's treatment – asking question after question, getting up at dawn and going to four appointments a day.feedback

Adriana Zehbrauskas

In the moment, when I'm photographing, my camera works as a shield. I have to be very attentive to details, to technical details – and for me that dulls the emotions a bit.feedback

Adriana Zehbrauskas

These women, they're incredible. Their routines are so intense, so difficult, that I felt I had to work 20 hours a day to do justice to their stories. It's only afterwards that everything sinks in.feedback

Adriana Zehbrauskas

Because for many of these women, this is just the start of a new life. For them it's a story that's just beginning.feedback

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

Vera Lúcia da Silva

No, even if she has microcephaly, I am going to love her the way she comes.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

Íris Adriane

I changed my life for Alícia. It was me for her and her for me.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

Vera Lúcia da Silva

I am asking God that she will not have to use the feeding tube.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

Vanessa Van der Linden

If you did physical therapy every day, it doesn't mean they will be better.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

Karina Gonzalez Carta - Mayo Clinic

I think as awareness increases, the cases will start to show up more.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

It will take at least two to three years before registration of these vaccines.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

Roberta DeBiasi

You can't just say that the first and second trimester are the risk periods, and the third is not.feedback

Albert I. Ko - Yale

This shows once again that microcephaly is just the tip of the iceberg.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

Mary Bassett - Department of Health

Today's news is a reminder that Zika continues to be a threat to pregnant women and their babies. We are closely following all babies born to mothers who test positive for Zika infection and will connect parents to available services to improve their child's quality of life.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

Tom Frieden - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

We still advise pregnant women not to travel to the [remaining] red zone in South Miami Beach. Furthermore, people living in or visiting Miami-Dade County, including the Little River area, particularly pregnant women, are still encouraged to continue to take steps to prevent mosquito bites.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

John Hellerstedt

We knew it was only a matter of time before we saw a Zika case spread by a mosquito in Texas.feedback

Tom Frieden - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

We know there is transmission in the border areas. But exactly where, we don't know.feedback

Peter Hotez

We won't know how widespread the virus really was until babies with microcephaly begin being born, probably in the spring. And I expect it to return next year.feedback

Chris Van Deusen

Pregnant women should continue to protect themselves from mosquito bites there and elsewhere in Texas.feedback

Peter Hotez

I predicted last April that we would see cases along the Texas Gulf Coast this summer. This is now the one case we know about, but we don't know if there are dozens or hundreds. Because of the lack of funds from Congress, there has been no active surveillance along the Gulf Coast. Those cases in Florida were found by serendipity.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

The biggest issue was that the materials were not culturally appropriate.feedback

Scott Anesi

We're just now getting confirmed case results from the end of summer.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

Ganeshwaran Mochida

This is certainly the first detailed description of these kinds of cases.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

Susan Rossmann - Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center

The F.D.A. requirement made it pretty clear that we don't have much of a choice, and the hospitals don't have much of a choice.feedback

Phillip Williamson - Creative Testing Solutions

It was extremely painful, extremely expensive. This was an unfunded mandate from our government. I'm sure a lot of places out there are struggling as the result of the aggressive implementation guidelines mandated by F.D.A.feedback

Scott Greenwell

Compared to the overall cost of health care, this is spit in the ocean.feedback

David O. Freedman

The farther along you are after infection, the more likely you are just detecting residual breakdown products from dead virus pieces that are still circulating.feedback

Lyle Petersen

When people come back from trips, they generally have sex pretty soon.feedback

Lyle Petersen

Transmission from infected travelers to their nontraveler partners has occurred within 20 days of the first sexual contact.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

Michael Diamond

Does the degree of severity of infection correlate with injury?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

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

Mauricio Lacerda Nogueira

Even if overall there is increased exposure, you could still get new clusters.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

Marie-Jose Ledan

They're afraid to open the door because it might be immigration.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

Marie-Jose Ledan

We have to be very careful in talking, to send the right message.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