Zika virus was the main course on the May 29th airing of the Outbreak News This Week Radio Show as two expert guests joined me to shed light and offer insight on things as varied as starting a Zika lab to the latest research to making an argument for postponing the 2016 Rio Olympics.


During the first half, Columbia University Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Vincent Racaniello, PhD introduced us to his new blog on the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) website aptly named, Zika Diaries.

Here he chronicles the starting up of a Zika laboratory, the failures and successes and the interesting stories that some virologist’s might not reveal.

Racaniello also went over his thoughts on some of the latest research in the field of Zika.

Check out Virology Blog for more info on Zika and viruses of all sorts.

During the second half, infectious disease physician and author, Judy Stone, MD joined me to make her case on why she thinks the 2016 Rio Summer Games should be postponed/moved, and it involves more than the Zika epidemic.

Stone goes over the most compelling arguments for postponing the Games due to Zika, but also sheds light on the enormous problems with contaminated water and ethical considerations.

See Dr Stone’s article on this topic on Forbes

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