Zika Virus Update

Given the continued international coverage of the Zika virus, the MESH Coalition would like to distribute a weekly update in hopes of keeping our subscribers informed regarding new developments.



Subscribers are encouraged to review the following links that provide a detailed overview of the most frequently asked questions regarding the development of the Zika virus:

Zika Virus Case Counts

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2016

Zika Video Resources

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2016


Zika Virus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Zika situation report

The World Health Organization, June 23, 2016


Children and Zika: What Child Care Providers Need to Know

Child Care Aware of America, June 23, 2016


Zika Virus: Information for Clinicians

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, June 13, 2016


Zika virus resource center

The Lancet, 2016


Zika Virus

CIDRAP, 2016


Zika Virus Resource Center

American Medical Association, 2016


The History of Zika Virus

The World Health Organization


Zika Virus

Indiana State Department of Health


Zika Virus: What You Need to Know

HHS.gov, 2016


Zika Virus Map

Pacific Disaster Center, 2016


2016 Zika Outbreak

Healthmap, 2016


Infographic: How is Zika virus transmitted?

European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, 2016


Zika in the United States, explained in 9 maps

Vox Science & Health, August 4, 2016


Essential Facts about Mosquitoes and Zika Virus

J. Goddard, The American Journal of Medicine, 2016


Zika causality statement

The World Health Organization, September 7, 2016


What's being done to fight the Zika virus?

J. Lapook, CBS News, November 6, 2016




Zika counts rise in Florida as more nations note microcephaly

S. Soucheray, CIDRAP, November 17, 2016


According to this report, Florida officials have confirmed more locally transmitted Zika. The Florida Department of Health reported six new cases of locally acquired Zika last week. There are now 230 locally acquired Zika cases in Florida, and 14 undetermined cases. There are 159 pregnant women in the state with Zika, but it is unknown how many contracted the disease through travel, sexual partners, or local transmission. Furthermore, Argentina and Guadeloupe have reported their first congenital microcephaly cases. No new countries reported Zika transmission or Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) cases linked to the misquote-borne virus.


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Zika Virus Damages Babies' Brains After Birth, Doctors Report

M. Fox, NBC News, November 22, 2016


According to a Brazilian pediatric neurologist, babies born looking normal and healthy after a Zika infection are reportedly developing smaller-than-normal heads months later. These findings mean that if a pregnant woman gets infected with Zika, her baby could be at risk not only in the womb, but long after birth. The neurologist examined 13 babies that appeared to have been infected with Zika in the womb but who were born looking unaffected. In the United States, the CDC reports more than 4,200 cases of Zika, nearly all carried by travelers from other areas.


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Large section of Miami Beach cleared of Zika virus

A Gomez, USA Today, November 22, 2016


According to both federal and state health officials, the Zika virus is no longer being locally transmitted in a three-mile section of Miami Beach. This means that nobody has acquired the virus there in 45 days. A total of 236 people contracted the virus in the region, mostly in three Miami neighborhoods. The virus has been detected in people in 49 U.S. states, but the vast majority contracted it through travel to Zika-infected areas. Two Zika areas remain in South Florida. One is a section of northern Miami known as Little River, and the other is the southern tip of Miami Beach.


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FDA Defends Universal Testing of Donated Blood for Zika Virus

T. Brown, Medscape Medical News, November 21, 2016


The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently defended its August recommendation for universal testing of donated blood for Zika virus at an informational meeting of its Blood Products Advisory Committee on Zika virus and blood safety in the United States. Although not everyone agrees with the recommendation, the FDA has stated that the recommendation is necessary given the disease's public health impact and the fact that some donated blood has tested positive for the virus, which often causes no symptoms. The agency anticipated the negative feedback and prepared a statement of its own.


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The Race for a Zika Vaccine

K. Thomas, The Race for a Zika Vaccine, The New York Times


According to researchers, a Zika vaccine could be available as early as 2018. More than a dozen companies, in addition to the National Institutes of Health are already working quickly to develop one. To get ahead, some teams are employing innovative technologies that rely on splicing DNA, a method that has the potential to revolutionize the development of vaccines but that has never before been approved for use in humans. Of the $1.1 billion spending package that was approved to fight the virus, about $400 million will go toward developing a vaccine and diagnostic tests.


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