The Zika Virus — Global Public Health and Legal Preparedness

Lexis PSL (2016)

Posted: 21 Apr 2016 Last revised: 26 Apr 2016

See all articles by James G. Hodge

James G. Hodge

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

P.J. Judd

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

Sarah Wetter

Center for Health and Homeland Security, University of Maryland

Ashley Repka

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

Matthew Saria

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

Date Written: March 31, 2016

Abstract

In this brief piece academics at the Public Health Law and Policy Program at Arizona State University explore key questions and answers related to global and domestic impacts related to Zika virus (ZIKV). Spreading rapidly throughout Latin America, millions more may be infected in Latin and North America in 2016. ZIKV is spread primarily through the migration of multiple species of Aedes mosquitos. Most (80%) of those infected are asymptomatic, but they can still transmit the virus to others through unprotected sex, blood transfusions, and maternal-child. In pregnant women, the virus is known to cause birth complications such as microcephaly, fetal hydrops, miscarriage, and other disabling defects. Others may also contract Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) and other neurologic disorders. There are currently no established treatment, vaccines, or cures, contributing to varied legal and ethical preparedness responses and controversies.

Keywords: public health, global health, legal preparedness, response

Suggested Citation

Hodge, James G. and Judd, P.J. and Wetter, Sarah and Repka, Ashley and Saria, Matthew, The Zika Virus — Global Public Health and Legal Preparedness (March 31, 2016). Lexis PSL (2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2764445

James G. Hodge (Contact Author)

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

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P.J. Judd

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

Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
United States

Sarah Wetter

Center for Health and Homeland Security, University of Maryland ( email )

Baltimore, MD 21230
United States

Ashley Repka

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

Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
United States

Matthew Saria

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

Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
United States

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