HPRgument: The Zika Epidemic

Introduction

Since hitting Brazil in May 2015, the Zika virus has spread rapidly, infecting an estimated 1.5 million people. Zika, transmitted through mosquito bites and sexual activity, has been linked to microcephaly in newborn children. The emerging public health crisis is straining social, economic, and political institutions in Latin America, as countries attempt to simultaneously mitigate the virus’ impact and maintain important cultural. In this feature, HPR writers examine Zika’s effects and discuss potential solutions.

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