A Global Health Epidemic Is A Ticking Time Bomb - But Virus Databases Can And Are Helping To Save Lives
If we have learnt anything from the deaths of millions of people from diseases like AIDS, SARS, pandemic flu, Ebola, and Zika it is the need for scientists to share data quickly so that researchers can assess the dangers and develop new medicines and vaccines.
When I think back on the Rio Olympics and Paralympics, the first word that comes to my mind is "meh". I do so wish I'd been more excited.
So far, 150 British travellers have been infected with the virus.
People returning from Zika-hit regions have been advised by experts to practice safe sex or abstain completely for half a
Hundreds of thousands of people are about to descend upon Brazil for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. A country that has reported tens of thousands of potential cases of Zika virus in the past 18 months and where local transmission is still very much on-going. The impact the virus can have on unborn babies has raised concerns with athletes and supporters.
What these films and shows don't highlight is the amount of data analysis that would need to go on in the background in real life. Let's take Containment to start with: how would they know how much of the city to cordon off?
Zika poses a greater risk if you are pregnant or planning to have a baby and can have very serious consequences for the unborn child, potentially resulting in deformities and stunted growth of the head. With a month to go before the Rio Olympic Games start, here are some top tips about travelling to Zika-affected areas...
'The current explosive epidemic will burn itself out.'
The current Zika virus epidemic in Latin America is likely to burn itself out within three years, new research suggests. The
If you've decided to go to the Rio Olympics, here's what you need to know about Zika and how to protect yourself.