In the last year, Zika virus has become a worldwide health emergency. As it emerges in Latin America, researchers are rushing to figure out how to contain the spread of the virus while addressing the repercussions. As health officials and researchers delve into the complex issues regarding Zika, including human epidemiology, clinical challenges, ethical dilemmas for women’s health, mosquito dynamics and ethical considerations, many people are searching for answers.
In the coming months, the Global Health Institute will continue to follow the developments in all fields regarding the Zika virus. Follow below for more information.
UW-Madison Zika Virus News
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- Zika researchers release real-time data on viral infection study in monkeys
- Scientists describe new model to enhance Zika virus research
- Monkey study shows Zika infection prolonged in pregnancy
- Bacteria prevents mosquitoes from spreading Zika, UW-Madison study says
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- Zika Data From the Lab, and Right to the Web
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Zika scientific papers
The global scientific community is committed to sharing data on Zika to ensure information is available as rapidly and openly as possible, the Wellcome Trust reports. Two sites that are sharing Zika research include the World Health Organization’s Zika Open and the Lancet’s Zika virus resource center.
GHI will also share significant papers here.
- Emerging Infectious Diseases (CDC): Detection of Autochthonous Zika Virus Transmission in Sincelejo, Colombia, UW-Madison/Universidad de Sucre, Sincelejo, Colombia, research, May 2016
- New England Journal of Medicine: Zika Virus Associated with Microcephaly, Feb. 10, 2016
- Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology: Zika virus intrauterine infection causes fetal brain abmormality and microcephaly: tip of the iceberg? January 2016
- Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: Possible Association Between Zika Virus Infection and Microcephaly, January 29, 2016
- The Lancet: Detection and sequencing of Zika Virus from amniotic fluid of fetuses with microcephaly in Brazil: a case study, February 17, 2016
- New England Journal of Medicine: Zika Virus and Birth Defects — Reviewing the Evidence for Causality, April 14, 2016
- Science: Assessing the global threat from Zika virus — a research review, July 14, 2016
Zika web sites
- Zika Virus: What Happened When — National Public Radio has created a timeline to track the global response to Zika virus and scientists’ understanding of how it affects people, with the most recent events at the top. Check back frequently, as they’re regularly updating this list.
- Zika Virus: What You Should Know — Johns Hopkins Medicine released a website that answers questions about the outbreak and describes ongoing preventive actions at Johns Hopkins.
- CDC Zika Virus — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has multiple resources for Zika Virus news. The website includes travel notices, prevention resources, information for pregnant women, and fact sheets.
- Short Answers to Hard Questions About Zika Virus — The New York Times offers answers to seventeen different questions most commonly asked concerning Zika Virus.
- Miscarriages Reported in 2 U.S. Women With Zika Virus, says CDC — The Washington Post reports that two pregnant women traveling in Latin America had Zika in their placenta.
- Are Genetic Weapons the Best Tools to Fight Zika Virus? — Live Science explores the risks and benefits of “low-tech” solutions compared to high risk possibilities.
- U.S., Brazilian officials say no scientific basis for theory that chemicals — rather than the Zika virus — is to blame for birth defects —The Washington Post argues that there isn’t a definitive casual link between pesticides and the microcephaly cases.
- Argentina Battles Major Outbreak of Dengue as Mosquito Population Swells —The New York Times reports that as Argentina faces increased cases of Zika virus, it also is plagued with Dengue.
- Zika has been Linked to Birth Defects. Now it may be causing paralysis —The Washington Post highlights another growing concern paired with the Zika Virus: paralysis.
- America’s summer threat: Zika virus—Politico highlights the concerns and worries of the Zika virus the potential of it being the in the US increases.
- How Zika Is Shaping the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Agenda—Maternal Health Task Force reports on how Zika has created an opportunity to set the conversation on access, quality, and equity of sexual and reproductive health care in affected regions.
- ForeignPolicy.com: Uganda Discovered the Zika Virus. And the Solution for It. “The
Uganda Virus Research Institute scientists first discovered Zika in the blood of a rhesus monkey back in 1947. And while Uganda has never had an outbreak of the virus, the country’s unique approach to monitoring the spread of similar diseases could hold the key to stopping future epidemics in their tracks.”
- Delay Pregnancy in Areas With Zika, W.H.O. Suggests — People living in areas where the Zika virus is circulating should consider delaying pregnancy to avoid having babies with birth defects.
- The Zika virus, explained via the Washington Post’s short video.
- Zika Epidemic Peaking in Latin America — A computer simulation projects widespread Zika infections to end in two years, but virus will periodically return.
- Zika Virus Case in Utah Baffles Health Officials — The Utah Department of Health has reported a new case of the Zika virus not contracted through a mosquito bite or sexual contact.
- Confronting a Lingering Question About Zika: How It Enters the Womb — New research indicates that the virus can enter the placenta in every trimester.
- Zika Epidemic May Have Peaked But Will Threaten U.S. For Years — A new study suggests Zika will be a threat in the U.S. for a few summers to come.
- ‘Very bad news for Brazil’: Zika virus found in second mosquito species — the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation has found the Zika virus in a second, more common mosquito species called Culex quinquefasciatus.
- Lifelong care, heartaches ahead for babies born with Zika in the U.S. — Babies diagnosed with microcephaly and other serious birth defects could require care estimated at more than $10 million through adulthood.
- Projections: Zika Could Infect More Than 93 Million in Americas — A new model developed by U.S., English and Swedish researchers is projecting that 93.4 million people in total could become infected before the epidemic burns itself out.
- Colombia declares end of Zika epidemic, as other experts urge caution — On July 25, 2016, health officials in Colombia said the Zika virus epidemic is over.
- CDC backs down on proposal to use controversial insecticide to thwart Zika — It has been decided that Puerto Rico will not begin aerial spraying of the insecticide Naled due to the belief that the chemical would have a negative effect on human health and wildlife.
- Zika linked to baby joint deformities — Experts now believe being infected with Zika during pregnancy may cause limb joint deformities in the baby.
- Zika outbreak could last 3 years, experts estimate — The outbreak will likely end when enough people are infected to create widespread immunity to the virus