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WASHINGTON — It would be hard to blame Ron Klain for being distracted from his day job as general counsel at a venture capital firm. He was President Obama’s Ebola czar (officially, Ebola response coordinator) from October 2014 to February 2015. So even from outside government, he is following news about Zika virus day by day and informally offering counsel to his former White House colleagues.

Plus there’s the campaign; he coaches Hillary Clinton for every one of her debates.


But Zika was Topic A (mostly) as we sat down in his downtown office here this week. The conversation that follows has been edited and condensed.

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