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Zika lecture

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    Posted: February 20 2016 at 3:42am
One of the MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) on epidemiology has posted a lecture on Vimeo.  Though the lecturer, Matt Ferrari, is well respected (not least by me - he was one of mine) this does seem to be mostly: "Quiet down! there is no need to panic."

Nonetheless, it is here for anyone to watch and, even though it is very basic, it is from the MOST trusted of sources.

Absence of proof is not proof of absence.
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^Thanks, Technophobe!  I felt right at home in the professor's messy office!!  Big smile

I'm also in the "quiet down!" camp of epidemiology, since it takes a long time to conduct the studies properly and tease the data apart.  Is Zika "causing" microcephaly, or is this a spurious association? 

I will say that, thus far, it is appearing that the Zika virus may be contributing to elevated cases of microcephaly in Brazil.  Therefore, I believe that advice given (women should avoid becoming pregnant for now if living in afflicted areas) makes sense.  However, how long can that be maintained?  

Other viral infections have been implicated in microcephaly, including measles, so we have a lot to investigate.  This forum is a very good place to come for a wide variety of information on the topics, I'll post things as I find them. 

Be safe, Chuck
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