Could better surveillance stop the rise of infectious diseases like Zika?
from GOOD Magazine
By now, you've surely encountered the story of the Zika virus — its enigmatic origins resemble nothing so much as a ghostly tale told round a campfire. In May 2015, doctors in Brazil were grappling with twin mysteries: First, a dramatic increase in the number of babies born with microcephaly, a condition resulting in reduced cranium size in newborns. Second, a localized outbreak of the Zika virus, the first time the disease was documented at scale in South America. Within months, the mosquito-borne Zika virus outbreak had gone from a few hundred cases to a few thousand.
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