Informational Townhall on the Zika Virus and California’s response

Due to the growing public health concern over Zika virus transmission and its effect on pregnancies and the community, I am hosting an informational townhall on the Zika Virus and California’s response on Thursday, September 15 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Mark Taper Auditorium of the Los Angeles Central Library.

Zika was first reported in Latin America and in some U.S. territories. However, the virus is now hitting closer to home. Although there have been no reports of locally transmitted Zika in California, as of August 31, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report 152 travel-associated cases in the state.

So far, two babies have been born in California with the severe birth defect microcephaly after their mothers were infected with Zika while traveling in foreign countries. The two primary mosquito species capable of transmitting Zika are found in 12 California counties.

As chair of the Senate Health Committee, I believe it’s essential we fully understand the public health effects of the Zika virus and ensure that California is responding aggressively and appropriately. This includes how best to enact meaningful legislation to improve California’s response and ensure we have the funding necessary to make a difference.

All are encouraged to attend. There will be a livestream available to watch remotely: http://sd22.senate.ca.gov/zika 

What:              Informational Townhall on the Zika Virus and California’s response
When:             September 15 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where:            Los Angeles Central Library – Mark Taper Auditorium
                        630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071  
Parking:         http://sd22.senate.ca.gov/sites/sd22.senate.ca.gov/files/Zika%20Townhall-Directions-Parking.pdf