“As far as most of the world is concerned, the Zika crisis, first identified in Brazil in 2015, is over,” writes Poonam Daryani, the 2017 Johns Hopkins-Pulitzer Center Global Health Reporting Fellow.

The WHO has drawn up its 2018 R&D Blueprint, highlighting priority diseases with the greatest epidemic potential that lack sufficient countermeasures.The second annual review's 8 diseases include an as-yet-unknown Disease X, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, Ebola and…

Confirming an association between congenital Zika virus and a spike in microcephaly cases in Brazilian babies in 2015, a new study published in The Lancet points to an absence of evidence to support other theories that cropped up.

Microcephaly has slowly crept up on Angola, concentrated in the same lower-income suburbs that were hotspots during the country’s yellow fever outbreak, according to a WHO roundup.A link to congenital Zika syndrome is not air-tight, but 7 microcephaly cases uncovered in…

I first met Mylene Helena dos Santos Ferreira, 23, in July 2017 at the outpatient clinic at IMIP (Instituto de Medicina Integral Professor Fernando Figueira) Hospital, where she had brought her son Davi for one of his routine medical exams. Davi was born in August 2015 with…

RECIFE, BRAZIL—By August 2016, just over a year after the Zika virus epidemic began in Brazil, the number of live births in Pernambuco declined by nearly 10%, according to a study released in June 2017. Between August and December 2016, 15,000 fewer live births were…

The 1980s HIV crisis brought pandemic preparedness strategies that have grown for decades—and built a foundation of basic science tools and knowledge that could be applied to research on SARS, Zika and Ebola. Specifically, pathogen-specific work, platform-based technology…

The 2015–2016 Zika outbreak fueled fears, panic and a search for information, but the reading level of communications from the WHO and the CDC was often too high to make them useful to many people, according to a new study in BMJ Global Health.   

Scientists fear Zika may have been only a preview of the next global pandemic. Places like Nairobi’s Korogocho slum, where large populations of humans and animals live together amid dirty water and poor sanitation, are incubators for potential pandemics. Of the 3.4 million…

The primary mosquito vector of the Zika virus may also transmit chikungunya and dengue in a single bite, says a new Colorado State University study.