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Shaheen Talks Zika With State Health Experts

Jason Moon for NHPR

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen met today with health experts from around the state to discuss how New Hampshire is preparing for the Zika virus.

Shaheen met with an array of experts, from epidemiologists to general practice family doctors to pest control specialists.

The group discussed a number of issues concerning Zika, including the need for better testing to monitor whether the virus might spread to New Hampshire’s mosquito population.

The virus has not been detected in mosquitoes in the United States, but there have been cases of Americans contracting the virus through sexual conduct.

Shaheen says she’ll take the information to Washington, where momentum is building for bill to address Zika.

“I think the fact that there is bipartisan support for putting forward the resources that we’re going to need in New Hampshire and other states around the country to address this is very important," she added.

Information on precautions you can take to avoid the Zika virus can be found here.

Jason Moon is a senior reporter and producer on the Document team. He has created longform narrative podcast series on topics ranging from unsolved murders, to presidential elections, to secret lists of police officers.

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