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How High a Threat Is Zika for the Americas?

Council of the Americas

March 22, 2016


(Image: Agência Brasília)

Council of the Americas will hold a public discussion on the Zika virus and security, economic, and healthcare implications for the Western Hemisphere. The virus is spreading throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, with headline-grabbing developments charting an uncertain course. How high a threat is the virus to regional prospects? And what strategies can best defeat it?

After keynote remarks from the new commander of the U.S. Southern Command, a panel of experts will examine implications for the hemisphere from a variety of perspectives, with a view toward arresting and reversing the effects of the virus.


  • Kurt W. Tidd, Commander, United States Southern Command (keynote remarks)
  • Ariel Pablos-Méndez, Assistant Administrator for Global Health and Child and Maternal Survival Coordinator, USAID
  • Ana Ayala, Director of the Global Health Law LL.M. Program, Georgetown University
  • Román Macaya, Ambassador of Costa Rica to the United States

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