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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)

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 the lessons learned from the Ebola outbreak will not suffice for this year's Zika threat. ...

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