Zika Developments- Week of August 1, 2016

August 4th, 2016 by Trudy Henson

With every day, more and more news headlines bring details about Zika, its spread, and the U.S.’ various response. Here’s a short roundup:

  • The first clinical trial of a potential Zika vaccine is underway, although continued progress depends on Congressional funding, which is running low. One of the trial sites for a Zika vaccine includes the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
  • The FDA is considering a proposal to use genetically modified mosquitos to help battle Zika. The mosquitos have been modified so their offspring would die before being able to reproduce.
  • Florida started aerial pesticide spraying a 10-square-mile area. Puerto Rico has considered the same measure, but it has been met with resistance by some, citing concerns about its impact on the health and the environment, among other things.
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