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New Rochelle High School Grad Working Toward Greater Understanding Of Zika

Lara Gaffney
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A 21-year-old New Rochelle High School graduate working toward a degree in public health studies has learned about the spread of HIV in Africa. Now, according to, she’s in Baltimore and studying another epidemic: The Zika virus.

Lara Gaffney went on to study at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University after leaving New Rochelle High School, according to, which reported that the student later took trips to Uganda and South Africa to learn study ways to prevent the spread of HIV.

In an interview with, Gaffney said she entered the field of public health, in part, to improve general health and inequality in society.

Speaking on her work with the Zika virus, she said her team determined that the mosquitoes capable of spreading Zika are present in Baltimore and that the group worked to trap the insects and to put together Zika prevention kits, according to

Click here to read Gaffney’s interview with .

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