In early 2015, a mosquito borne virus that few people heard of began it’s spread through the immunologically naive population of Latin America and the Caribbean.
In 2016, 5,102 cases were reported in the U.S., including 224 locally acquired. There were 36,079 cases reported in U.S. territories.
So far in 2017, the numbers are down dramatically both in the US and in the US territories.
Numbers are also down in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Brazil.
What’s happened to Zika and is the outbreak in the Americas over?
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Michael Osterholm, Phd, joined me now to look at the “The Story Behind the Story” on Zika in the Americas. Dr Osterholm is the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota.
- Travel health and medicine issues
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- Parasites 101: Entamoeba histolytica
- Vaccine refusal: What’s behind it and how we become better ambassadors for vaccination
- The story behind the Toxic Shock Syndrome outbreak investigation of the late 70s-early 80s
- Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) and other prion diseases
- Coyote tapeworm in Alberta: 5th human case reported
- A new Lyme disease test: Dr Richard Marconi discusses the GLD Test
- Dr. Mike Osterholm discusses infectious diseases and his new book ‘Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs’
Intro music: “Rapture” by Ross Bugden