The potential economic burden of Zika in the continental United States

As the Zika virus epidemic continues to spread internationally, countries such as the United States must determine how much to invest in prevention, control, and response. Fundamental to these decisions is quantifying the potential economic burden of Zika under different scenarios.

http://journals.plos.org/plosntds/article?id=10.1371/journal.pntd.0005531

 

 

Old World Cutaneous Leishmaniasis and Refugee Crises in the Middle East and North Africa

Rebecca Du, Peter J. Hotez, Waleed S. Al-Salem, Alvaro Acosta-Serrano

The Syrian refugee crisis has precipitated a catastrophic outbreak of Old World cutaneous leishmaniasis now affecting hundreds of thousands of people living in refugee camps or trapped in conflict zones. A similar situation may also be unfolding in eastern Libya and Yemen.

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http://journals.plos.org/plosntds/article?id=10.1371/journal.pntd.0004545

 

Could the 2016 Summer Olympics be safer from Zika than we think?

There are major concerns about the risks of contracting the Zika virus during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. However, by the time the Olympics begin in August, for very specific reasons, could the risk of contracting Zika as an athlete or spectator be less than has been suggested in some of the popular press?

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Could the 2016 Summer Olympics be safer from Zika than we think?