Zika Virus and Global Implications for Reproductive Health Reforms

Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness DOI: 10.1017/dmp.2016.34

3 Pages Posted: 16 Mar 2016

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James G. Hodge

Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Alicia Corbett

Gallagher & Kennedy, PA

Ashley Repka

Arizona State University (ASU), Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Students

P.J. Judd

Arizona State University (ASU), Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Students

Date Written: March 9, 2016

Abstract

The rapid global spread of Zika virus, especially in developing countries in Latin America, presents new and significant risks to the public’s health, notably among pregnant women and their infants. Zika virus is predominantly spread via the Aedes species of mosquitos, but sexual transmission between infected males and their female partners has also been shown. While related morbidity of Zika virus remains uncertain, credible evidence is growing of the link between infection of women and potentially disabling mental and physical impairments of their fetuses. Public health scientists are virtually sure that increased rates of microcephaly (abnormally small skulls and brains) among thousands of Brazilian infants over the past several months are tied to Zika infection. New evidence of vision, hearing, and long-term mental health disabilities among Zika-affected babies is also mounting.

Suggested Citation

Hodge, James G. and Corbett, Alicia and Repka, Ashley and Judd, P.J., Zika Virus and Global Implications for Reproductive Health Reforms (March 9, 2016). Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness DOI: 10.1017/dmp.2016.34. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2747536

James G. Hodge (Contact Author)

Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ( email )

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Alicia Corbett

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Ashley Repka

Arizona State University (ASU), Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Students ( email )

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United States

P.J. Judd

Arizona State University (ASU), Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Students

Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
United States

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