Emerging Zika Virus Update | iJET Webinar | Global Health Intelligence

Emerging Zika Virus Update | iJET Webinar | Global Health Intelligence

iJET International’s Health Intelligence Department is pleased to invite the general public to an informational webinar on the emerging disease Zika Virus. Originally discovered in Africa, this relative of dengue and chikungunya, had also been seen in Asia. International trade and travel was blamed for its spread to the Polynesian Islands in 2007, where notable outbreaks occurred 2013-2014. Similarly, authorities noted the first occurrences of Zika virus in South America in 2014, but widespread Zika virus did not occur in the Americas until 2015. Epidemic level activity has now been seen in numerous countries, and local transmission has been reported as far north as Mexico and Puerto Rico, prompting the US CDC and Canada’s PHAC to issue travel warning to pregnant women. Although Zika virus generally causes only fever, rash, and joint pain, officials are now investigating a potential link between Zika virus infection and cases of microcephaly birth defects and Guillan-Barré syndrome. Join iJET’s webinar to learn more about this virus, where it is, where it might be going, what health experts are saying, and how you can protect yourself.