Researchers Conclude: US Southern States Need to Prepare for Possible Zika Outbreak
APR 26, 2016 | BRIAN P. DUNLEAVY
The risk for Zika virus transmission in regions of Latin America and the Caribbean has been firmly established; however, its status as a public health issue here in the United States—other than as a consideration for travelers to areas where incidence rates are high—remains open to debate.
Recently, a multidisciplinary team of researchers that includes climatologists, public health specialists, epidemiologists, entomologists, mathematicians, and even mental health professionals, attempted to establish what they describe as “a baseline risk for local Zika virus transmission in the US and [recommendations for] the optimal timing of vector control activities” nationally. Their findings were published online on March 16 by the journal PLOS Currents/Outbreaks.
Of course, the ongoing Zika virus pandemic in Latin America and the Caribbean has led many federal, state and local government agencies in the United States—including most recently, the New York City Department of Health—to establish protocols for reducing the likelihood that travel-related introduction of Zika virus could initiate local transmission. The Zika virus has been particularly problematic in Brazil, where its primary vector, the mosquito Aedes aegypti, is prevalent. The virus has been associated with multiple complications, including microcephaly in newborns born to pregnant women who contract the virus.
Rohit Bhalla, DO, Chief of the Section of Infectious Diseases at the University Medical Center of Princeton, explains why the Zika virus is “scarier than [the CDC] originally thought.”
We break down our top HIV news stories of 2017. Did you read them all?
Contagion® is a fully integrated news resource covering all areas of infectious disease. Through our website, quarterly journal, email newsletters, social media outlets, and Outbreak Monitor we provide practitioners and specialists with disease-specific information designed to improve patient outcomes and assist with the identification, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases. Our mission is to assure that the healthcare community and public have the knowledge to make more informed choices and have a positive impact on patient outcomes.
2 Clarke Drive
Cranbury, NJ 08512