The CDC developed new rapid response teams to combat the Zika virus, according to PBS Newshour.
Here are five things to know:
1. These CDC Emergency Response Teams are designed to swiftly contain outbreaks.
2. Epidemiologists and scientists with expertise in the specific disease compose the teams.
3. The Zika CERT includes entomologists, vector technicians, communications experts and public health scientists.
4. In response to the Zika outbreaks in Texas and Miami, the CDC created a 57-page plan for Zika containment. The report asked for epidemiologists to analyze outbreak patters and physicians to treat those who were in contact with infected persons. Additionally, the CDC called on entomologists to capture and study mosquitoes in outbreak locations and asked communications experts to relay accurate information to the public.
5. The Zika teams assist in local efforts to pinpoint people who were in contact with an infected person as well as help with blood sample collection and analysis.