Unknowns are plentiful in connection with the Zika epidemic currently unfolding in Brazil, now estimated at 440,000–1,300,000 cases. No vaccine or antibiotic exists for the mosquito-borne virus and there are multiple questions about the link with microcephaly in infants…

Zika is just the latest in a series of vector-based diseases experiencing a global resurgence. Why are these diseases, once thought to be firmly under our control, prevalent once again? Scientists continue to point to urbanization, world travel and climate change as 3…

In what researchers say may be a turning point in the battle against Zika, US health officials have cleared the way to begin the first study of a Zika vaccine in human volunteers. Scientists from Pennsylvania and South Korea report that in the next few weeks they will…

Long-term government census data can be used as a proxy to predict people’s short-term movement patterns, according to a study in Malaria Journal.  This is important because “migration data are generally easier to obtain than short-term movement data such as mobile phone…

“We can’t just keep running from one fire to the next, whether the current most pressing threat is Zika, Ebola, Legionnaire’s disease or lead in the water supply,” writes medical journalist Celine Gounder. The pattern: From cuts to TB control programs in the 1970s and…

Major economies of the world can ill afford to ignore the escalation in the spread of vector-borne tropical diseases, now appearing on their doorsteps.

Fighting Zika? Don’t forget to consider climate change and health. In Barbados, people have been encouraged to collect rainwater as a means of boosting freshwater supplies. Of course, Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that transmits Zika, dengue, etc., uses standing water to…

As the US Senate embarks on hearings today on the potential threat of the Zika virus, Senator Bill Cassidy, MD, a Republication from Louisiana—a state facing a high risk for Zika—took aim at the inefficient pattern of outbreak-panic-reactionary response that has marked the…

Yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) shared its strategic plan to guide the international response to the spread of Zika and the congenital and neurological conditions associated with it. The full strategic response framework, available for download on the WHO…

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, recently detected a new strain of tick-borne bacteria that causes Lyme disease. Borrelia mayonii, the new species, was found in 6 patients using available tests for Lyme disease—but other cases are probably being…