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UH wants to bring Zika to Hawaii

  • Scott Enright, chairman of the Board of Agriculture, said that he wasn’t sure why the board hadn’t put the application forward for a vote in previous years, but said that the Plant Quarantine Branch, which oversees such permits, has historically been “very conservative about what has moved forward.”

The Board of Agriculture is expected to vote today on whether to grant the University of Hawaii a permit to import the Zika virus to Hawaii for animal vaccine trials as concerns mount locally and internationally over the spread of the virus and its ability to cause microcephaly, a devastating birth defect. Read more

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