Blog Posts Discuss Zika Virus, Including Prioritizing Prevention, Treatment, R&D Efforts

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: CDC director: What we’re doing about the Zika virus
CDC director Tom Frieden discusses the potential impact of Zika virus on the U.S., as well as U.S. efforts to respond to the virus, writing, “The CDC’s laser focus is protecting the health, safety, and security of Americans; learning more about Zika and fighting it is a top priority” (2/1).

U.N. Dispatch: The WHO Declares Zika Emergency. What Now?
Mark Leon Goldberg, managing editor of U.N. Dispatch, discusses the WHO’s declaration that the Zika virus outbreak in Latin America is a public health emergency of international concern and notes, “The emergency declaration of the WHO kicks into place certain bureaucratic [mechanisms] like increased funding and surveillance …, and processes to streamline international cooperation on studying this disease” (2/1).

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: Research Roundup: Zika edition
Kat Kelley, GHTC’s senior program assistant, discusses efforts to research and develop vaccines, treatments, diagnostics, and vector control strategies for Zika virus (2/1).

U.S. Global Leadership Coalition: Zika: 3 Ebola Lessons That Can Make a Difference
Leslie Tisdale, USGLC communications manager, discusses lessons from the Ebola epidemic and their application for other outbreaks, such as Zika. Tisdale writes, “Going forward, we need to mobilize a rapid response, deploy preventative measures, and strengthen American leadership. Given our under-investment in Latin America, now is a critical time to step up, not step back, in our support” (2/1).

Partners In Health: Need to Know: Zika Virus
“[PIH] staff spoke with Dr. Joia Mukherjee, PIH’s chief medical officer and a renowned infectious disease expert, about Zika’s origins, the complications it may cause for pregnant women, and why this virus keeps her up at night…” (1/28).

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