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Summary of Week 1

This week we have learned from experts from around the world about the Zika virus, hearing the story of how the virus was first discovered, how the current outbreak began, and how it is transmitted to people via a mosquito. We then went on to talk about how the symptoms of a Zika infection and the links that are now confirmed between the virus and microcephaly in newborns, plus a range of additional complications that are termed as congenital Zika syndrome.

The week ended with discussion around how the impact of Zika compares with that of other vector-borne diseases globally, and the ways in which the world can potentially prepare for future epidemics.

The course team has paid close attention to learner discussions throughout this week. We will summarise key points of conversation and clarify any common questions in a Discussion Themes document added to the Downloads section of this step at the end of the week. We hope this helps to clear up anything that you may not have understood.

When you feel happy with the material and ideas covered in a step, please Mark as complete. If you’ve been doing this you can check your progress using the Progress tab at the top of each page.

In Week 2 we will focus on the mosquitoes thought to be mainly responsible for transmitting the Zika virus: Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. The material is available now, and you are free to move on to Week 2 now if you wish!

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Preventing the Zika Virus: Understanding and Controlling the Aedes Mosquito

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

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