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Zika: Are outbreaks in U.S. cities avoidable?


When it comes to addressing emerging infectious disease, we have a short attention span. Forces are mobilized when we’ve crossed a tipping point, and demobilized when the immediate threat has passed. In the case of Zika, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a public health emergency based on a strong association between Zika infection and a rise in congenital malformations and neurological complications – mainly microcephaly in newborns and a spike in Guillain-Barré syndrome.

Resource Type
Blog Post
Liza Lester
Resource URL
March 9, 2016
Organization Type
Health and Human Impact
Vector-borne disease
Climate and Environmental Impact
Disaster preparedness Public health/health sector response

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