Title

Zika Virus

Date

6-1-2017 11:30 AM

End Time

1-6-2017 11:45 AM

Location

RWEC 101

Department

Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science

Session Chair

Daryl Thomas

Session Chair

Janet Roberts

Session Title

Health/Exercise Science presentation

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Emily Vala-Haynes

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

The Zika outbreak was first reported to health officials in Brazil during May 2015. Although the outbreak began in Brazil, it has since spread to other South American countries, as well as Central America, North America, and Europe. In the continental US the Zika virus has reached the south east and gulf coast regions. To date 5,354 women have been affected by Zika in the US and its territories. This is concerning because Zika is linked to microcephaly, which is a birth defect that causes irreversible damage to an infant’s brain. The outbreak prompted the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control to call a Public Health emergency in February 2016. This presentation goes into depth about the causes and effects of the Zika virus, as well as the various modes through which it is transmitted. The response to Zika has varied depending on the country. El Salvador has advised their women to not get pregnant for two years, while the US has advised their citizens to take condoms, repellent, and sleeping nets when traveling to South America. The lasting outcomes of the Zika virus will affect us for many years to come.

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Zika Virus

RWEC 101

The Zika outbreak was first reported to health officials in Brazil during May 2015. Although the outbreak began in Brazil, it has since spread to other South American countries, as well as Central America, North America, and Europe. In the continental US the Zika virus has reached the south east and gulf coast regions. To date 5,354 women have been affected by Zika in the US and its territories. This is concerning because Zika is linked to microcephaly, which is a birth defect that causes irreversible damage to an infant’s brain. The outbreak prompted the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control to call a Public Health emergency in February 2016. This presentation goes into depth about the causes and effects of the Zika virus, as well as the various modes through which it is transmitted. The response to Zika has varied depending on the country. El Salvador has advised their women to not get pregnant for two years, while the US has advised their citizens to take condoms, repellent, and sleeping nets when traveling to South America. The lasting outcomes of the Zika virus will affect us for many years to come.