Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) convenes federal and state public health experts today to talk about Rhode Island’s Zika prevention plan. One of the goals is to prepare as mosquito season approaches.
Infectious disease experts from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control will join Rhode Island’s health, environment and emergency officials, as well as local infectious disease experts. The goal is to discuss the state’s plans to educate the public about Zika virus and prevent the spread of the infection. Officials will also discuss how to respond if infections do occur in the Ocean State.
One confirmed case of Zika has already shown up in Rhode Island in a patient who had traveled to Haiti. Seven cases have been confirmed in Massachusetts.
And recently, a mosquito that can transmit the virus – known as Aedes albopictus – was detected in Massachusetts.