Scientists Look To Rubella For Answers On Zika, While Vaccine Researchers Work To Respond To Polio, Zika, Other Diseases

The Atlantic: What Zika Researchers Can Learn From the Rubella Outbreak of 1964
“…[P]ublic health officials in the United States are looking back to the history of the disease as they try to figure out what to do about a threat unlike anything they’ve seen in decades. The Zika virus, a mosquito-borne illness believed to cause grave outcomes among fetuses infected in utero, has startling — and potentially useful — similarities to rubella…” (LaFrance, 4/6).

IRIN: Polio hopes and Zika fears in the vaccine race
“It’s busy times for the vaccine industry — a new vaccine against dengue fever has been deployed in the Philippines, research for a vaccine against Zika virus is gaining steam (although questions remain over the threat it poses), the Ebola outbreak refuses to go away, and a yellow fever outbreak in Angola has exposed an alarming lack of stockpiles. Against this backdrop, the biggest-ever effort in human immunization might finally be reaching the beginning of the end. Wild polio, once crippling hundreds of thousands a year, is found now in only two countries — Afghanistan and Pakistan…” (Parker, 4/6).

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