Zika virus is currently attracting a huge international attention. Recently concluded Rio Olympics are a testament to the importance of public health planning and preparedness to counter the threat of emerging infections. Zika is a documented condition from 1940’s and is not so extensively studied until recently. The similarity of the virus transmission and the presence of a common vector pose a significant threat to the community. The strong link of the vector to the environmental conditions is another factor that has to thoroughly explored to prevent the rapid spread that was evident in other regions of the world.
Three essential steps are proposed in the control and require further studies. Firstly, raising the awareness efficiency towards the disease. Second, the vector control and the impact of climate change on the spread of the vector needs to be understood. And thirdly, true burden of the disease and the cost of prevention to the health system need to be explored in depth.
Durgampudi, Praveen and Magenta, Melissa
"Emerging Vector- borne Diseases Caribbean Perspective: Should we be worried about Chikungunya?,"
Virginia Journal of Public Health: Vol. 1:
1, Article 8.
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