The Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is monitoring the spread of Zika.
Zika is a virus spread by Aedes mosquitoes, the same mosquitoes that spread dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever. It usually causes mild illness, with slight fever and skin rash, normally lasting two to seven days. Health authorities are currently investigating a potential link between Zika virus in pregnant women and microcephaly in their babies. There is no specific treatment or vaccine currently available, and the best form of prevention is protection against mosquito bites. Outbreaks of Zika virus disease have been recorded in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific. (Information courtesy of the World Health Organization.)
Read more about our response to the Zika outbreak in Global Health, Tulane's SPHTM magazine.