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.



Aedes aegypti/CDC
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Intro music: “Rapture” by Ross Bugden