April 30, 2016
HACKENSACK — On April 29, U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez led a statewide summit with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials, Acting State Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett, and local medical professionals to discuss New Jersey’s preparedness for preventing the spread of the Zika virus. New Jersey currently has nine confirmed cases of Zika out of more than 380 nationwide — all related to travel originating overseas.
“Today’s summit comes at an important time: we know that the risk of a Zika outbreak in the United States this summer is increasing with each passing day. Pregnant women face a particular threat, which is why it is so important that we take immediate action to protect against this disease,” said Sen. Booker. “In addition to federal efforts, we must make sure that we provide decision-makers at the local and state levels with the resources they need to do their jobs, and I will continue to fight to make sure they have the support necessary to protect New Jerseyans. The cost of prevention is far, far less than the human and financial costs if we allow Zika to threaten public health, which is why Congress must not allow partisan politics to get in the way of supporting the President’s emergency funding request.”