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- Zika Preparedness and Response: A Public Health and Legal Perspective
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When: Friday, March 18, 2016
12:00 PM
Where: Webinar
United States
Contact: NALBOH Office

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With the World Health Organization declaring Zika a public health emergency, and with travel associated cases being reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from US states, it is critical that healthcare and public health practitioners and providers, and their legal counsel, begin to consider the role of law and policy in Zika preparedness and response efforts. Unlike Ebola, legal preparedness and response to Zika will not rely on isolation and quarantine. Instead, because the Zika virus is transmitted primarily by mosquito, legal issues concerning mosquito abatement and international travel are at the heart of legal preparedness efforts. Speakers will provide an overview of the public health problem posed by Zika, including disease characteristic basics and current guidance for healthcare providers, discuss the domestic legal framework for addressing the virus, including a discussion of executive powers for mosquito abatement, and  highlight ways to coordinate health care and public health legal preparedness efforts.

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