New Jersey Department of Health

PO Box 360
Trenton, NJ 08625-0360

For Release:
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Cathleen D. Bennett

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Office of Communications
(609) 984-7160

New Jersey Department of Health Deputy Commissioner Visits Perth Amboy WIC Clinic

Promotes #ZapZika Campaign

A State Health Department public education campaign is underway to explain the risk of the Zika virus to pregnant women, healthcare providers and those considering travel to Latin America and the Caribbean.

As part of the #ZapZika campaign, on Wednesday, July 6, Deputy Commissioner Dr. Arturo Brito — a bilingual pediatrician — will meet with clients, pregnant women and staff at the VNA of Central Jersey WIC Program. The event will begin at 11 a.m. at 313 State Street, 7th Floor, Perth Amboy.

Health Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett kicked off the campaign in March at Montclair State University. The Commissioner and top physicians at the Department have visited community health centers, hospitals, professional medical societies and other venues to raise awareness of the Zika virus. The campaign also includes radio public service announcements in English and Spanish, along with NJ Transit bus advertising encouraging pregnant women to avoid travel to Zika-affected countries and travelers to prevent mosquito bites by using insect repellent and wearing long sleeves and pants. As part of the campaign, the Department has established a Zika hotline for providers and the public available at 1-800-962-1253.

For more information, visit the Department’s Zika webpage at or CDC’s Zika website at

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