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Zika virus has been around for half a century, mostly in Africa and Asia, but now it has hopped across the oceans into the Americas. In Brazil alone a million Zika infections have occurred and the number may reach up to 4 million over the next year. In this course I will answer the following questions: What is the Zika virus? Can we get Zika, living in United States? How do we know if we have Zika virus infection? How to test, treat and prevent Zika? What are the complications of the Zika virus like a small head – microcephaly ? Should pregnancy women and others travel to Zika affected areas? What if we are returning from a Zika affected areas? What does the future hold for Zika virus infection in continental United States?
In the course I will provide the latest knowledge about the virus, its complications, its spread along with WHO and CDC recommendations. With this I will combine my experience of two decades as an infectious disease physician to bring insight and perspective. Many who have read my newspaper and online articles, watched my TV interviews and listened to my radio conversations has felt relieved and confident with their decisions.As we combat the Zika virus, we do need to be concerned but we need not panic. We must let our knowledge overcomes our fear.
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|Section 1: Zika virus- Introduction|
Learn about the Zika virus: where it came from, the family of viruses it belongs to, and what other outbreaks it has caused.
|Section 2: Transmission of Zika Virus|
How is Zika virus transmitted and how is it not transmitted?Preview
How do mosquites transmit Zika virus?Preview
Sexual transmission of Zika virus
Pregnant mothers can transmit the Zika virus in the womb and at birthPreview
|Section 3: Acute Zika virus Infection|
If I get bit by a mosquito will I get Zika? INFECTION RATE
What kind of illness does Zika cause? CLINICAL SIGNS
|Section 4: Complications from Zika virus|
What is microcephaly?
What are the causes of microcephaley?
Guillian-Barre Syndrome is another complication of Zika virus
|Section 5: Testing and Treatment of Zika|
Which tests can tell me if I have Zika virus?Preview
What treatment do I need if I become ill with Zika virus?
|Section 6: How can I prevent getting infected with the Zika virus? PREVENTION|
Mosquito Repellant best protection - but which one?
Treat cloths and bed with Permethrin
|Section 7: Pregnancy, travel and Zika infection|
There are many things you can do before you travel to a Zika affected area. Learn about the risk benefits of travel.
During Travel: I am in a Zika affected area - how should I protect myself?Preview
AFTER TRAVEL - I came back from a Zika affected countryPreview
We are concerned about Zika infection in women, but we need to know that Zika can cause infection in men, who can then transmit the virus to women.
|Section 8: Summary and Final Thoughts|
There is lots to learn about the Zika virus. This lecture will succinctly summerize key points to help you make crucial decisions.
Understand why we are seeing outbreaks of viruses every few years. Globalization, better surveillance, and climate change all are contributing to the outbreaks.
Will Zika come to continental United States and will it spread?
Manoj Jain, MD MPH is an infectious disease physician, a writer, and a national leader in healthcare quality improvement.
Dr. Jain writes regularly for the Washington Post, and the Commercial Appeal (Memphis newspaper). His writings also appear in the New York Times and Huffington Post. He received his engineering, doctorate, and public health degree from Boston University. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank on HIV, and has been interviewed by CNN and National Public Radio. Over the past 20 years Dr. Jain has given over a 200 talks, and published numerous scientific articles, chapters and books. Dr. Jain has conducted research on HIV epidemiology, quality improvement, and spirituality & medicine.
Presently, Dr. Jain is adjunct assistant professor at Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and the medical director at Tennessee’s Quality Improvement Organizations