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Zika Virus Information Updates From Stat Website

2016-04-14

I know Zika virus is important and spreading every day, and I’m tempted to write updates every time I hear something new about it, but there’s no need for me to do that.  There’s a website called “Stat” that handles those updates on a daily basis.  They’re specialized in medical news as well as other interesting topics, so I will just direct you to that site for the whole story.

For example, Congress has passed a bill offering financial incentives to companies working on Zika drugs, but a White House spokesman likened it to “passing out umbrellas in the advance of a potential hurricane” (according to the Stat post for today.)  A more effective bill to fund studies on Zika and other important things won’t get Congress’ attention until September.  This sounds like par for the course for today’s Congress.

Stat also has a link to a Wired post today that offers everything you need to know about Zika virus, from the basics to the details– at least, everything we know today.  The Wired post refers to another important post: an article in the New England Journal of Medicine that states that the Zika virus definitely causes microcephaly in fetuses infected in the womb, based on all the evidence we have collected to date.  Previously, the microcephaly risk was just a hypothesis, but the accumulation of cases and their interpretation has led scientists to confidently state that it is a fact (or at least, a very very very strong theory.)

So, as much as I’d like to draw traffic to my site with Zika posts, like what happened last year with Ebola, I’m going to say now: go to Stat for the full information.  I’m going to stick to the esoteric stuff.

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