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Hawaii Governor Signs Emergency Measure To Fight Zika Virus

The emergency proclamation is expected to expedite the state's response to the Zika virus and allow access to disaster funds.
Posted at 9:23 AM, Feb 13, 2016

The governor of Hawaii signed an emergency proclamation Friday in response to the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases.

Gov. David Ige said the preventative move was prompted by a decision from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emergency Operations Center to classify its response to the virus as "level 1" — the center's highest designation.

He also cited President Barack Obama's request to Congress for about $1.8 billion to stop Zika from spreading.

"There shouldn't be panic on this; this is not something where people are gonna die from it. It is something that we have to take seriously," Obama told CBS.

During a press conference, Ige said there have been no known locally acquired Zika cases in Hawaii and that the state is working closely with the CDC.

This video includes a clip from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and an image from Getty Images.