Zika Will Be Back

Since the Zika pandemic ended 3 years ago, 6,000+ research papers have been published on the topic.

Yesterday the New England Journal of Medicine published an overall takeaway, revealing:

A pleasant surprise: A lower percentage of Zika babies contracted microcephaly than epidemiologists thought. 70-80% of pregnant women with Zika did not pass it on to their child.

But some Zika-infected babies born asymptomatic experienced seizures and issues with brain development later on, raising concerns about other long-term effects.

Bottom line: Mother nature is the boss. Zika may have run its course for now, but herd immunity will taper off, and the virus will likely strike again.

NPR Goats and Soda

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