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Capitol Health Call
September 13, 2016

Republicans Critical of White House for Zika Reaching the United States

JAMA. 2016;316(10):1035. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.12339

The spread of Zika virus to domestic US mosquitoes might not have happened if the Obama administration had been more vigorous in warning US residents against travel to countries where Zika is widespread, according to Rep Lamar Smith (R, Texas), chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.

Noting the increasing number of Zika infections in the southeastern United States that authorities say were transmitted by local US mosquitoes, which acquired the virus by biting infected travelers on their return, Smith’s office issued a statement that said: “These cases could have been averted or at least minimized if the administration had issued more explicit level 3 travel restrictions on certain countries earlier this year” (http://bit.ly/2agoChm).

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