There has been much in the media in the past few weeks about the Zika virus affecting Central and South America. Here are some authoritative sites with up to date information:
- World Health Organisation (WHO) - Zika virus disease, Zika Virus Fact sheet, Zika virus disease: Questions and answers, Briefing notes on Zika and Microcephaly
- U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) Zika Virus Health Information Resources
- U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) Zika Virus: An Emerging Health Threat
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) - Zika Virus - various pages, information, fact sheets and posters
- Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Travellers' bulletin - Zika virus
Yesterday's issue of The Conversation included two short articles about the Zika virus:
Suresh Mahlingam and Michael Rolph from Griffith University are the authors of Here's why we don't have a vaccine for Zika (and other mosquito-borne viruses). They conclude, "Zika causes mild fever in humans that on its own does not make a strong argument for a vaccine. But the possible link to microcephaly in unborn children, even though not yet definitely confirmed, makes vaccine development – and necessary funding – an urgent priority."
Grant Hill-Cawthorne from the University of Sydney mounts a case for keeping calm about the virus, in Zika emergency status a cause for alert, not alarm.