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U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy Visits Miller School to Discuss Zika Virus Threat

From left, Michael Barron, M.D., Laurence B. Gardner, M.D., Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., and Peter G. Paige, M.D.

From left, Michael Barron, M.D., Laurence B. Gardner, M.D., Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., and Peter G. Paige, M.D. Photo GalleryView Photo Gallery

Although U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., smiled broadly and said visiting Miami, where he grew up, “felt like coming back home,” he was all business when it came to discussing the Zika virus threat when meeting with administrators, faculty, residents and students at the Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital on August 12. The two institutions’ chief medical officers — Michael Barron, M.D., of UHealth and Peter G. Paige, M.D., of Jackson — acted as moderators for the discussion.

“The reason I wanted to come back is that I’m very concerned about the Zika epidemic that is taking place in the Americas,” said Murthy. “I was in Puerto Rico yesterday, where there is an explosive spread of Zika virus, including many pregnant women, and we have a lot of work to do there. I’m also very concerned about Florida, because while we are nowhere near where Puerto Rico is, and while I hope we never reach those numbers here in Florida, we do have an outbreak with local transmission. The question now before us is how we prevent more cases in Florida and throughout the rest of the country.”

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