Feb 18, 2016

As Zika story goes ‘viral,’ Israeli expert separates fact from fiction

Brazil
by
Alina Dain Sharon
,
St. Louis Jewish Light
The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits the Zika virus. Photo: Muhammad Mahdi Karim, Wikimedia Commons.
The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits the Zika virus. Photo: Muhammad Mahdi Karim, Wikimedia Commons.

It will be very, very hard to eliminate or eradicate the Zika virus. In order to control vector-born diseases you need to control the vector. A vector [for Zika] is an insect that transmits a pathogen from the environment to the host. These days we see a change in the environment, presumably due to the El Niño phenomenon and more largely due to climate change, [which] has led to a change in the mosquito distribution. This, in parallel, has led to the Zika virus distribution, and now we have a huge problem globally. We don’t have any vaccine or drugs for the Zika virus