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A forum on the Zika virus

Zika is in the air.

The beginning of 2016 has seen the world thrust into another global infectious disease crisis, fanned by the politics and fear of uncertainty and media speculation. Reports of the Zika virus outbreak emerged in late 2015, and have proliferated in early 2016. Most distressing have been the headlines, and associated images, possibly linking the virus …

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Zika virus in Brazil and microcephaly: the importance of neglected tropical disease surveillance and control

In this piece, I focus on Brazil, and in particular, the country‚Äôs socio-economic context, public health infrastructure, and its experience of the Zika virus epidemic to date. Brazil is geographically very diverse, has a strong economy, and also huge inequalities. The country has undergone epidemiological and demographic transition with infectious disease mortality dropping from 50% to 5% in the past …

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