Zika in the Western Hemisphere: Risks and Response, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues of the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, July 13, 2016 [open pdf - 1MB]
This is the July 13, 2016 hearing on "Zika in the Western Hemisphere: Risks and Response" held before the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues. From the statement of Judith G. Garber: "Forty countries and territories in the Western Hemisphere, including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, are currently experiencing active, mosquito-borne transmission of the Zika virus. Several countries and territories in Africa and Asia are also experiencing outbreaks for the first time, including outbreaks of the epidemic strain circulating in the Americas. It is likely only a matter of time before we experience local transmission in the continental United States and Hawaii as well. In the short time since this epidemic began, international science and medical experts - my colleague Dr. Frieden foremost amongst them - have sought to understand the truly devastating impacts that this virus can have on its victims, and particularly on developing fetuses. It will be years before we know the full extent of what physicians are now calling 'Congenital Zika Syndrome.'" Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Judith G. Garber, Tom Frieden, and Irene Koek.