Tagged: mosquitoes

An update on Zika infection and pregnancy - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 16, 2016

New research which looked at the data from the 2013-2014 outbreak of Zika in French Polynesia, estimates that the risk of microcephaly is about 1 for every 100 women infected with the Zika virus during the first trimester of pregnancy. Zika is the virus spread by mosquitoes (and more rarely by sexual transmission) that … Read More

What are the real risks of Zika? - News

Guest Work Feb 11, 2016

Michael Selgelid, Monash University and Euzebiusz Jamrozik, Monash University Zika has raised alarm bells worldwide, prompting the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) declaration of a “public health emergency”, El Salvador’s dramatic recommendation that women delay pregnancy for two years, and the US Centres for Disease Control’s (CDC) recommendation that pregnant women consider postponing travel to … Read More

Zika virus: mosquitoes and travel patterns will determine spread of virus - Guest Work

Guest Work Feb 04, 2016

Sahotra Sarkar, University of Texas at Austin On January 28, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that Zika virus, a mosquito-borne infection, was “spreading explosively,” and that within 12 months as many as four million people in the Americas could be exposed to the virus. Zika, which is thought to be behind a dramatic increase in babies … Read More

Zika update – sexual transmission & GM mosquitoes - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Feb 04, 2016

Earlier this week the WHO declared the Zika virus outbreak in the Americas a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and yesterday the CDC reported that someone in Dallas had become infected with the virus by having sex with someone infected overseas. Meanwhile, the internet is awash with claims that genetically-modified mosquitoes are to blame for the outbreak in Brazil.  In … Read More

Explainer: what is Guillain-Barré syndrome and is it caused by the Zika virus? - Guest Work

Guest Work Feb 04, 2016

Steven Maltby, University of Newcastle The recent outbreak of Zika virus in South America has been a cause of concern. This is not because Zika itself is a serious condition, but because it is believed to be linked to birth defects when expectant mothers are infected and to a rare but severe and progressive neurological disorder called Guillain-Barré … Read More

Here’s why we don’t have a vaccine for Zika (and other mosquito-borne viruses) - Guest Work

Guest Work Feb 03, 2016

Suresh Mahalingam, Griffith University and Michael Rolph, Griffith University As Zika fear rises, especially in the wake of the World Health Organization last night declaring a state of public health emergency, people are inevitably asking why we don’t have a vaccine to protect against the mosquito-borne virus. Zika is generally a mild illness, causing fever, … Read More