Northeastern researchers project the probability of locally transmitted Zika cases outside of Florida to be extremely low, ‘just one or two.’ Much of the U.S. has no mosquitoes with Zika and will remain unaffected.
A team led by Northeastern professor Alessandro Vespignani responded to a “call to arms” to model the spread of the Zika virus, revealing the disparity between the number of reported cases and the number of projected cases of this largely asymptomatic disease. The results will help countries in the Americas plan a response.
As the Zika virus continues its inexorable spread, a panel of faculty members discussed how they—and by extension we—can be part of the global solution.
Assistant professor Richard Wamai, an expert on HIV/AIDS and neglected tropical diseases, provides much-needed perspective on why the Zika virus has struck so fiercely and the public health measures that could halt it.
Associate professor Rachel Jones was on the front lines fighting the AIDS epidemic when it first struck. Her new study, “Love, Sex, & Choices,” continues that work, using a soap opera video series to reduce HIV risk among urban African American women.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a new report on the impact of antibiotic resistant bacteria on national health. We asked assistant professor Betsy Hirsch to explain its significance and what it means for the public.