In the News: Zika Virus

The Zika virus has been in the news for several months, but it’s not a new virus. An article by World Health Organization researchers published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, February 9, 2016, chronicles the spread of Zika from its discovery in Uganda in 1947 to the more recent outbreaks in the Americas.

CDC Zika Spread
Countries and Territories in the Americas with Active Zika Virus Transmission
http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/americas.html

The Zika outbreak in Brazil has been linked to cases of microcephaly in newborns. Although Zika infection is relatively mild in otherwise healthy adults, the link to birth defects and the fact that Brazil is hosting the 2016 summer Olympic Games has health officials understandably concerned. Find out more about Zika with Library resources (may require your Clayton State network username and password):

W.H.O. cites health emergency over fast-spreading zika virus. New York Times (ProQuest)

Molecular evolution of zika virus during its emergence in the 20th century. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases (ProQuest)

Flaviviridae. In Fields Virology (6th ed., Vol. 1, pp. 712-746).

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