Zika virus highlights how unprepared we are for public health threats
The Boston Globe - 02/01/2016
THE ZIKA virus is another example of something we are globally ill-prepared to treat. Coupled with Ebola, norovirus, and other outbreaks during the past year, it highlights our inability to detect and fight many viruses that threaten public health.
But Zika is unlike these other viruses; it has received little to no research funding, the only known preventive measure is to avoid mosquito bites or blood transfusion or contact with those infected, and very few labs in the world can test for Zika infection. It is likely the virus will be unknowingly carried by many people, thus creating a larger health problem as it spreads from person to person, even outside of tropical climates.