Ebola, Zika epidemics are driven by pathologies of society, not just a virus

David Sanders, University of the Western Cape This article is a foundation essay. These are longer than usual and take a wider look at a key issue affecting society. The global health threats posed by recent viral epidemics, such as avian flu, H1N1, Ebola and Zika, have been happening too frequently to be dismissed as …

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Why Africa can’t afford an outbreak of the Zika virus

Adamson S. Muula, University of Malawi If the latest mosquito-borne Zika virus breaks out in Africa the continent would be less prepared than any other to deal with the outbreak. Zika fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease caused by the Zika virus which is suspected of leading to the birth of deformed babies. The virus …

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