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Keeping the Zika Outbreak in Perspective

Luc De Keyser
Board of Contributors
Feb 17, 2016 | 08:02 GMT
Aedes Aegypti mosquito larvae at a laboratory of the Ministry of Health of El Salvador in San Salvador.

Aedes Aegypti mosquito larvae at a laboratory of the Ministry of Health of El Salvador in San Salvador.

(MARVIN RECINOS/AFP/Getty Images)

If you read the latest news reports on the Zika epidemic, you might notice they bear a striking resemblance to weather reports during hurricane season. Authorities from local, national and international organizations are gearing up for a public health emergency. Damage assessments from areas that have already been hit have yet to be finalized, and forecasters are uncertain where it will make landfall next. Governments are beginning to issue travel advisories and implement protective measures, and the entire world is tuned in to see what happens next. The latest biological hurricane comes on the heels of the 2015 Ebola crisis, but as epidemics go, Zika and Ebola couldn't be more different. The Zika virus is primarily mosquito borne and usually causes only vague, flu-like symptoms, while Ebola is transmitted through bodily fluids and kills one of every two people infected. Given the two diseases' completely distinctive natures, a simple review of...

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