The Zika Virus: Coordination of a Multi-Agency Response

Hearing Date: February 24, 2016 2:00 pm 2154 Rayburn HOB



• To examine the coordinated federal response to the spread of the Zika virus both within the United States (US) and internationally.
• To address confusion and misinformation surrounding measures taken at home and abroad to prevent further transmission of Zika, especially with the 2016 Summer Olympics taking place in Brazil.


• The Zika virus is a disease transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes.
• The World Health Organization estimates between 3 million to 4 million cases of the Zika virus could appear in the Americas over a 12 month period.
• According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of February 17, 2016 82 travel-associated Zika cases were reported in the US.
• President Obama requested $1.8 billion in emergency funding to prepare for and respond to the spread of Zika.


Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Dr. Anne Schuchat Principal Deputy Director Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Document
Dr. Anthony Fauci Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases National Institutes of Health Document
Dr. John Armstrong Surgeon General and Secretary of Health State of Florida Document
Dr. Bill Moreau Managing Director for Sports Medicine United States Olympic Committee Document