The rapid spread of the Zika virus is an international public health crisis, and possibly responsible for birth defects including microcephaly, as well as an increase in cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rapid-onset muscle weakness caused by the immune system damaging the peripheral nervous system.

Featuring representatives from the major public health organizations, this session—a highlight of the National Association of County and City Health Officials’ Preparedness Summit 2016—focuses on the latest scientific information and front-line response activities that include addressing at-risk populations, diagnostics, risk communications, surveillance, and vector control.

The numbers growing daily show the sheer breadth of the disease: There could be up to four million cases this year, just eight months after the first case was reported in Brazil. There are 30 countries with active virus transmission. As of April 13, the CDC reports that there were 358 confirmed cases of travel-associated Zika virus disease in the United States.

Session Location:   Dallas Hilton Anatole, 2201 North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75207

Date:                    April 19, 2016

Time:                    5:30 PM7:00 PM

Room:                   Coronado A-D

Chris Kosmos, RN, BSN, MS

Director, Division of State and Local Readiness, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

Sally Phillips, PhD

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC

Brooke Courtney, JD, MPH

Senior Regulatory Counsel, Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats, Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, MD

Scott Becker, MS

Executive Director, Association of Public Health Laboratories, Silver Spring, MD

John W. Hellerstedt, MD

Commissioner, Texas Department of State Health Services, Austin, TX

Umair Shah, MD, MPH

Executive Director, Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services, Houston, Texas


E. Oscar Alleyne, MPH, DrPH

NACCHO Senior Advisor, Programs, and former Director of Epidemiology and Public Health Planning, Rockland County Department of Health, Pomona, NY