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Northeastern researchers examine the Zika pandemic

Richard Wamai at Zika virus panel discussion

On April 6 an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary panel dis­cus­sion called “The Global Response to the Zika Pan­demic” fea­tured three dis­tinct per­spec­tives on the crisis: Those of Richard Wamai, assis­tant pro­fessor in the Depart­ment of African Amer­ican Studies

The Zika virus con­tinues its inex­orable spread. April 6 updates from the World Health Orga­ni­za­tion and the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion pro­vide the latest numbers:

A total of 62 coun­tries and ter­ri­to­ries have doc­u­mented cases of the Zika virus, reported WHO, with 1,069 cases of micro­cephaly and other birth defects sus­pected to be asso­ci­ated with the dis­ease. Zooming in on U.S. sta­tis­tics, the CDC reported 346 travel-​​associated cases here, seven of which had been sex­u­ally transmitted.

North­eastern researchers are working to be part of the solu­tion. The agency updates coin­cided on Wednesday with an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary panel dis­cus­sion called “The Global Response to the Zika Pan­demic.” The dis­cus­sion fea­tured three dis­tinct per­spec­tives on the crisis: Those of Alessandro Vespig­nani, Stern­berg Family Dis­tin­guished Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor of Physics, Com­puter Sci­ence, and Health Sci­ences; Richard Wamai, assis­tant pro­fessor in the Depart­ment of African Amer­ican Studies; and law pro­fessor Brook K. Baker, who spe­cial­izes in intel­lec­tual prop­erty and access to med­i­cines. Robert L. Hall, asso­ciate pro­fessor in the Depart­ment of African Amer­ican Studies, mod­er­ated the event, which was spon­sored by the Col­lege of Social Sci­ences and Humanities.

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