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SPHTM Response to Zika


Dr. Dawn Wesson, associate professor of tropical medicine, has an existing surveillance system in place in the Greater New Orleans area to track mosquito populations and advise local mosquito control boards about areas of highest risk for the spread of vector-borne diseaeses. 

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.  

SPHTM & Zika in the News
SPHTM Faculty Following Zika
  • Dawn Wesson, PhD, associate professor of tropical medicine and task force chair, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
  • Susan McLellan, MD, clinical associate professor of public health in tropical medicine
  • Carl Kendall, PhD, professor of global community health and behavioral sciences
  • Pierre Buekens, MD, PhD, W.H. Watkins Professor of Epidemiology and dean
  • Jackeline Alger, PhD, adjunct professor of tropical medicine and parasitologist with the Honduras National Autonomous University
  • Ligia Kerr, MD, PhD, adjunct professor and senior professor of epidemiology at the Federal University of Ceará, Fortaleza, Brazil