mosquito300The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a draft of its plan for responding to locally acquired cases of the Zika virus within the continental United States and Hawaii.  The response plan outlines state and CDC activities to prevent and reduce local transmission once it has been identified. As of June 15, the only cases of infection reported in the continental U.S. were travel-associated cases including three infants born with birth defects and three pregnancy losses.

In addition, the Food and Drug Administration has recommended that areas without active Zika transmission defer from blood donation people who  1.) have had Zika-like symptoms in the past four weeks; 2.) had sexual contact with someone who has traveled to or lived in an area with active Zika in the past three months; or 3.) have traveled to areas with active transmission in the past four weeks.

To learn more and to download the CDC’s interim plan for responding to Zika, click here.