The State Department on Wednesday released a draft of a new “disseminator’s plan” to fight the Zika virus, which is causing hundreds of thousands of Americans to miss work and leave the country for extended periods.
The draft document, released in response to a request from the American Civil Liberties Union, outlines measures to help people who are infected with Zika and how the U.S. government will share information about cases and deaths with foreign governments.
The department is also looking to provide information about how to track cases in countries such as Brazil and India.
The document does not address the question of whether U.K. officials have a duty to report suspected cases in Britain, which are in the process of setting up a health department in response.
The document says that the U and UK governments should develop a common set of measures for tracking and responding to cases.
A spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services said the government will consider the recommendations from the briefing.
“We are committed to working with the U-K.
government to establish a common, efficient and effective communication framework for the rapid dissemination of information related to Zika,” spokesman Patrick Kennedy said.