Archive: Zika

  • Zika Has Arrived, But is the U.S. Ready?

    WASHINGTON –The Florida Department of Health, investigating non-travel related cases of Zika in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, has concluded “that a high likelihood exists that four cases are the result of local transmission.” Despite the advance warning of Zika’s approach, Georgetown experts in infectious disease, public health law, health systems readiness and mosquito research say the United States isn’t ready for a Zika outbreak. 

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  • West Africa, Ebola and the Threat of Zika

    WASHINGTON — Rapid testing for the Zika virus is a critical need in the recent Ebola-affected countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, says a Georgetown University professor, because of the recent Zika outbreak on nearby Cape Verde and the similarity in symptoms between Zika and early Ebola.

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  • Georgetown Infectious Disease Expert Comments on Possible Case of Sexually Transmitted Zika Virus

    WASHINGTON – Today, a Texas health department reported a case of Zika virus that may have been acquired through sexual contact with someone who had recently returned from an epidemic area. Georgetown infectious disease specialist Jesse L. Goodman, MD, MPH, commented that if sexual transmission is confirmed, additional guidance for pregnant women is likely warranted.

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