A woman looks at a CDC health advisory sign about Zika at Miami International Airport
Politics, not epidemiology or medicine, drives government responses to disease. Politicians are the ultimate decision-makers in public health, and they must respond to political forces.
With more birth abnormalities linked to Zika, effects of the virus may be more sinister than we thought.
Arthrogryposis is where a baby's joints are deformed due to a shortening (known as contractures) of the muscles from before birth.
Researchers are trying to understand how maternal immune responses might contribute to certain neurological disorders in offspring.
A pregnant woman's immune response may be a risk factor for some neurological conditions like autism and schizophrenia in the baby later on.
Talking with patients who’ve had Zika is tough.
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Physicians like me are learning about Zika along with our patients. This takes a dose of humility on our part and an understanding from our patients that we learn something new every single day.
Aedes aegypti: bringing you Zika, dengue and Chikungunya.
Zika had already reached 46,000 probable cases by the end of May 2016 and is transmitted by the same mosquito species as dengue and Chikungunya.
A display used to educate the public on rubella vaccination and the mother-to-fetus transmission of this virus.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via Public Health Image Library
Though separated by time and place, there are surprising similarities in the the social issues raised by the rubella outbreak of 1964-65 and the recent Zika outbreak in South America.
GMOs may very well have filled up that syringe.
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Public health experts enlist the molecular biology tools that create genetically modified organisms – as well as the GMOs themselves – in the fight against emerging infectious diseases.
An aerial view of the Christ the Redeemer statue and Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
The chance the someone at the Rio games will import the virus to their home country is low.
Is a Zika vaccine being tested ahead of vaccines for other flaviviruses because Zika’s occurring in the context of an international sporting competition?
Recently two events concerning the Zika epidemic coincided: two potential vaccines against the virus were declared a success when used in mice, and Jason Day withdrew from the Olympic Games.
There’s something in the bite.
Inflammation caused by mosquito bites helps viruses to infect the body.
Controlling mosquitoes has a large effect on controlling the diseases they carry.
Innovations targeted at mosquito control are good but should not draw focus away from the tried and tested public health measures to control mosquito-borne diseases.
A human-dependent mosquito, the range of the disease-carrying Aedes aegypti is projected to grow in the U.S. and affect more people globally.
More people in the U.S. and world will be exposed to the disease-carrying mosquito Aedes aegypti, not just because of warmer temperatures but global population changes as well.
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A drought in the socialist South American country has led to blackouts, political conflict and increased exposure to Zika.
Academics have sent an open letter to the World Health Organisation calling for the Olympics to be postponed or moved because of the Zika threat. They're overreacting.
Are Olympic athletes, officials, reporters and spectators at risk travelling to this Zika-affected city?
The outbreak of mosquito-borne Zika virus in South America has cast a shadow over preparations for the Olympic and Paralympic Games to be held in Rio de Janerio.
The antiviral condoms help protect against HIV, herpes and HPV.
The active ingredient in the gel can bind to various viruses and stop them from attaching and getting into human cells.
Fumigation to prevent possible spread of the mosquito Aedes Aegypti in Sao Paulo.
The number of new Zika-related microcephaly cases in Brazil is falling. But it's too early to relax.
Mosquitoes, thousands of mosquitoes! Mosquitoes found in our local wetlands can often overwhelm us but even mosquitoes that have moved into our backyards can cause problems.
A war is raging in your backyard between the "good" and "bad" mosquitoes.
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are at the center of Zika virus’ spread.
Look beyond transgenic techniques that add new genes to a species. People have used selective breeding techniques to change plants and animals for millennia – why not try them on mosquitoes?
Some 60% of bugs that infect humans originated in animals.
The world’s scientific community is focused on how to improve detection and responses to emerging diseases such as Zika virus and Ebola. So what can we learn from the most recent large-scale outbreaks?