FIU experts across the sciences, medicine, public health and hospitality discussed the Zika virus today in a panel moderated by FIU Stempel College Dean Tomás Guilarte. Among the panelists was Department of Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Assistant Professor Consuelo Beck-Sagué.
The World Health Organization recently declared a disease linked to the Zika virus a public health emergency in Latin America. The infection has been linked to cases of microcephaly, in which babies are born with underdeveloped brains. In the past year, reported cases of microcephaly have been on the rise in Brazil and other Latin American countries, and the Zika virus is suspected to be the cause.
With the 2016 Summer Olympics approaching in Rio de Janeiro, international attention is shifting to Brazil. Internationally, experts are worried the virus is spreading far and fast.
Watch the video of the discussion above to learn more about the virus.