Skip to 0 minutes and 14 secondsThere's an ongoing outbreak of the Zika virus which began in 2015 in Brazil and follows an outbreak in French Polynesia in 2013. For most people infection causes short lived and mild symptoms, however in these recent outbreaks a medical condition in newborns called microcephaly has been associated with Zika, as well as additional neurological and auto immune complications.
Skip to 0 minutes and 22 seconds I'm James Logan, Senior Lecturer in Medical Entomology, and I'm the Lead Educator for Preventing the Zika Virus: Understanding and Controlling the Aedes Mosquito. I'm also the Director of arctec at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where we develop and evaluate technologies aimed at controlling insects and other arthropods, particularly those of medical importance. We've gathered information and resources from experts in entomology, medicine, and public health. The course uses videos, articles, and discussions to introduce you to the Zika virus and the recent outbreaks into context with other vector borne diseases. Where has Zika could come from, what role does the Aedes mosquito have in its transmission, and, most importantly, how can we control it?
Skip to 1 minute and 28 secondsThe course is suitable for you if you are healthcare professional or working in a health organisation, a student taking a healthcare or science related degree, a public health advisor, anyone working in control programs for vector borne diseases, or anyone with an interest in learning about the Zika virus and the Aedes mosquito. It will last for three weeks, with each week focusing on a different topic from the virus itself, to the mosquito vector, and finally the control tools that are available.