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

With limited laboratory capacity and a lack of experts and funding, an outbreak of the Zika virus in Africa could be problematic.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: theconversation.com

Yeah…sure.  It could be Bad.


BUT: as South African epidemiologists have pointed out, it’ll only be a problem IF the mosquito that transmits it elsewhere, comes here – because our local A aegypti doesn’t have the same behaviour, and will vastly outnumber and possibly outcompete any import variety.


And it’s endemic in tropical Africa – meaning many people are immune already.


So scaremongering about Zika in Africa is possibly a little irresponsible – unless it’s being used as a stalking horse for an agenda for setting up continent-wide arbovirus surveillance, or spurring on efforts to set up an African CDC.  Which I would heartily endorse.


The stuff about lack of reagents is spot-on: which is why we have a proposal in the works to provide just such, using plants to it.  Watch this space….

See on Scoop.itVirology News

One Response to “Why Africa can’t afford to have an outbreak of the Zika virus”

  1. michelosimuyandi Says:

    Reblogged this on Michelo Simuyandi and commented:
    Well said

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