4 thoughts on “Cartoon: Congress, Zika

    • Press release says:

      “Does recent isolation of Zika virus from Culex mosquitoes point to a new transmission source?” (9/7/16) http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-09/mali-dri090716.php “Prior to its totally unexpected emergence, dispersion and subsequent association with microcephaly, Guillain Barré syndrome, materno-fetal, sexual, and post-transfusion transmission, Zika virus was a relatively neglected arbovirus with less than 20 recorded human infections globally. However, it is currently one of the most reported (in the media) arboviruses of all time. The emergence of Zika virus in this form has truly shocked the world. Moreover, since Zika virus is an arbovirus that no longer relies upon the natural sylvatic jungle reservoir, one of the many burning questions is, has it evolved the ability to exploit mosquito vectors such as Culex species (the vectors of West Nile virus) in order to increase this amazing epidemiological success.” (Professor Ernest Gould, University of Aix-Marseille)

  1. Vince Ramos says:

    “Cuba reports remarkable success in containing Zika virus” http://wiat.com/2016/09/04/cuba-reports-remarkable-success-in-containing-zika-virus/ “Six months after President Raul Castro declared war on the Zika virus in Cuba, a militarized nationwide campaign of intensive mosquito spraying, monitoring and quarantine appears to be working. Cuba is among the few countries in the Western Hemisphere that have so far prevented significant spread of the disease blamed for birth defects in thousands of children. …The battle against Zika is testing what Cuba calls a signal accomplishment of its single-party socialist revolution — a free health-care system that assigns a family doctor to every neighborhood, with a focus on preventive care and maternal and pediatric health.”
    in June, the Cuban Minister of Public Health Roberto Morales signed an agreement in Washington, in which Cuba and the United States agreed to work together in the fight against the Zika virus and cancer. http://www.periodico26.cu/index.php/en/las-tunas-news/25988-cuba-us-ministerial-visits-promote-bilateral-exchange

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