Accession Number : AD1034399

Title :   EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES. Actions Needed to Address the Challenges of Responding to Zika Virus Disease Outbreaks

Descriptive Note : Technical Report


Personal Author(s) : Persons,Timothy M

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Report Date : 01 May 2017

Pagination or Media Count : 103

Abstract : Zika virus disease can cause adverse pregnancy and neurological outcomes. Given this ongoing threat, GAO was asked to evaluate progress made and challenges faced by federal agencies in responding to the Zika virus outbreak in the United States. GAO examined (1) information on what is known and not known about the epidemiology of the Zika virus, and any challenges with conducting surveillance and epidemiological studies, (2) characteristics of different diagnostic tests authorized during the outbreak, challenges test manufacturers and users faced, and the extent to which FDA and CDC followed their own communication guidance, and (3) the strengths and limitations of available mosquito control methods, and challenges federal agencies face supporting these efforts. GAO reviewed literature and agency documentation, and interviewed federal and state officials about the Zika virus and the U.S. response. GAO also convened an expert meeting with the assistance of the National Academy of Sciences to discuss various issues surrounding the response to the Zika virus.

Descriptors :   health services , virus diseases , disease outbreaks , pest control , infectious diseases , public health , DIAGNOSTIC TECHNIQUES (MEDICINE) , MEDICAL SCREENING , EPIDEMIOLOGY , flavivirus infections , pesticides

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE