It’s been just over a month since our first Zika post, but unfortunately the virus making global headlines is doing anything but letting up. In today’s Zika Rundown we offer summaries and links to five articles that run the gamut of the matter at hand, from medical and political updates to public knowledge studies and historical insights.
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-0321-berenbaum-zika-funds-20160321-story.html — Op-Ed: The Zika virus doesn’t respect borders. It’s time for immediate U.S. action — Managing a crisis; the political approach to Zika. “Zika is just the latest manifestation of a new world order, with ancient diseases resurging in new places and new diseases arising circumglobally.”
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-zika-nerves-insight-idUSKCN0X22TP — Zika mystery deepens with evidence of nerve cell infections — Microcephaly and Guillain-Barre syndrome aren’t the only Zika-wrought diseases to worry about, just the most prominent. “Doctors also are worried that Zika exposure in utero may have hidden effects, such as behavioral problems or learning disabilities, that are not apparent at birth.”
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3528739/Poll-Some-key-gaps-Americans-knowledge-Zika-virus.html — Terrifying gap in public Zika knowledge: 40% of Americans are ‘unaware the virus will likely spread to the US’ – “Health officials say people must be educated before virus reaches US.”
http://www.medicaldaily.com/zika-virus-outbreak-history-381132 — A Brief History Of Zika Virus, From Its Discovery In The Zika Forest To The Global Outbreak Today — Do you know where its name came from…? “The Zika virus was first discovered in 1947, during a routine surveillance for yellow fever in the Zika forest in Uganda by Yellow Fever Research Institute scientists. The term “ziika” means “overgrown” in Luganda.”
http://www.pe.com/articles/zika-799243-health-confirmed.html — ZIKA: Second Inland case confirmed as hospital holds related talk — “A second traveler has returned to San Bernardino County with the Zika virus, yet even as the number of confirmed cases slowly climbs in California, an infectious disease specialist said Thursday the state may never see the kind of epidemic taking place elsewhere in the Americas.” [+ infographic]
Bad news: The World Health Organization has said 4 million people could expected be infected by the end of 2016.
Good news: While predicting how strongly Zika might take hold in this country is tough, Dr. Michael Ing, Chief of Infectious Disease at the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center, said following the talk that dengue fever failed to become a serious problem after breaking out in Florida and Mexico.
“That gives us hope that this will not become a big outbreak in California,” he said. “Even if there are selected outbreaks, it’s not going to be here 10 years. It’ll just come, and it’ll move on.”