Tagged: Zika virus

News of Zika vaccine might be reassuring, but it’s too late for Rio, and do we really need it anyway? - Guest Work

Guest Author Jul 08, 2016

By Lenore Manderson, University of the Witwatersrand Recently, two events concerning the Zika epidemic coincided: two potential vaccines against the virus were declared a success when used in mice, and Australian golfer Jason Day withdrew from the Olympic Games, purportedly because of his concern about the possibility of getting infected. The number of media reports of … Read More

What are the real risks of Zika? - News

Guest Author 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 Author 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 virus updates - News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Feb 04, 2016

As more information comes in about Zika virus and its risks, we will continue to update this page with posts from our bloggers and guest work. New evidence supporting a link between Zika virus infection and microcephaly, Siouxsie Wiles, Infectious Thoughts. Zika: a potential new mozzie vector?, Siouxsie Wiles, Infectious Thoughts. Read More

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

Guest Author 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 Author 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