Documenting the global threat of the Zika virus.
31 People In USA, Pregnant Women Diagnosed With Zika. “At least 31 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with the Zika virus in 11 states, including a pregnant woman in New York City, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Two other pregnant women were diagnosed with the disease in Illinois earlier this month.” [ABC, 1/29/16]
Human Behavior, Environmental Destruction Probably Helped Spread Zika. “”By destroying forests and other ecosystems, we have inadvertently created incentives for mosquitoes to seek new habitats—namely densely populated urban areas. Climate change is theoretically another driving force behind the expanding geographical range of certain mosquito species, although right now, the data is too limited to make any definitive conclusions. [The Bulletin, 1/28/16]
Zika May Have Crossed Over To Mosquitoes. “Up until now, it was thought the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is confined to the tropics, was solely spreading the virus. But scientists at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Recife, Pernambuco State, in the northeast of the country, believe otherwise. They say they are as little as a month away from confirming that the virus is also being carried and transmitted by the much more common Culex mosquito.” [Sky News, 1/28/16]
WHO Expects 3-4 Million Zika Cases. “The World Health Organization (WHO) expects the Zika virus to affect between three million and four million people, a disease expert said Thursday.” [France 24, 1/28/16]
IOC Will Keep Rio 2016 Olympics Safe From Zika. “The International Olympic Committee will “do everything” in its power to keep the Rio 2016 Games safe from the Zika virus, IOC chief Thomas Bach said on Thursday.” [France 24, 1/28/16]