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What Ebola and HIV/AIDS can teach us about the Zika virus pandemic
The Zika virus continues to spread, with WHO predicting that as many as 4 million people could be infected by the end of the year. As of Feb. 10, there were 52 cases in the U.S. associated with travel abroad, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Suspected to be associated with the birth defect microcephaly and the paralyzing Guillain-Barré Syndrome, Zika remains a constant in the news as governments scramble to warn their citizens about the risks.
In this in-depth Q&A, Richard Wamai,assistant professor in the Department of African American Studies and an expert in international global health and development, talks about the Zika virus’s history, puzzling trajectory, and public health interventions that could stem its spread.