Zika's Rapid Rise and the Limp Global Response Reveal Dire Global Health Challenges

With cases rising in Florida, Singapore, Vietnam and Trinidad and Tobago, the Zika virus pandemic is raising public concern in regions across the globe, including the U.S., where about 80 percent of Americans are aware of it but only 40 percent understand how it is actually transmitted. This raises a host of questions not only about the clinical and epidemiological scope of the outbreak, but also about the ability of citizens, public health authorities and politicians at all levels to adequately deal with it.  So far, the response has been slow and the challenge remains serious and unpredictable. We need to understand an organism that the director of the Centers for Disease Control’s division of vector-borne diseases called “the most complicated issue CDC has ever faced.” Zika is linked to the mosquito vector, which received a new lease on life about 5,000 years ago when water storage enabled mosquitos to live closer to people. Our knowledge of Zika starts in 1947 in Uganda when the virus was first cultured from a monkey. Surprisingly there were only 14 human cases identified until 2007 when the virus unexpectedly started rapidly moving through Southeast Asia and the Pacific, stopping in Indonesia, Micronesia, French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, New Caledonia and Easter Island before reaching northeastern Brazil and eventually every country in South America. The most complicated issue CDC has ever faced. Dr. Lyle Petersen, director of the Centers ...
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