Zika Virus

Zika virus disease (Zika) is a disease caused by the Zika virus, which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. Although this virus was discovered in the mid 1900’s it has come to light in recent years due to  large outbreaks in French Polynesia and Brazil in 2013 and 2015 respectively.Although the virus is rarely found to be deadly, national health authorities have reported potential neurological and auto-immune complications of Zika virus disease. Mosquitoes and their breeding sites pose a significant risk factor for Zika virus infection. Prevention and control relies on reducing mosquitoes through source reduction (removal and modification of breeding sites) and reducing contact between mosquitoes and people. MSU-IIH believes a global task force with an interdisciplinary approach is essential for rapid control response of Zika, in order to stop the epidemic.