What’s Next with the Zika Virus?

This mosquito borne virus has swept the news recently, and unfortunately been sweeping at least 15 countries in Latin America. The virus seems to be increasing birth defects, something everyone is clearly worried about. The government of El Salvador has asked that women refrain from getting pregnant for the next two years… and they may merely be the first government to make such a call, as it looks like this virus may unfortunately spread across oceans; there is already a case in Denmark. What these means for the populations of these countries, for abortion rights, for the 2016 Rio Olympics…is not yet clear.

There are efforts to allow for abortions for infected women, Brazil is deploying their army, and there may be genetically engineered mosquitoes being developed. Something else, perhaps to work on: a vaccine.


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