On Wednesday, September 7 at 6:30pm, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Greenburgh Library will present “The Role of Epidemiology in Studying the Zika Virus Infection.” Prof. Albert Lowenfels, Emeritus Professor of Surgery and Professor of Community and Family Medicine at New York Medical College, will discuss Zika and his research on this virus. The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) has tracked its global progress which is particularly prevalent in the Western Hemisphere. The CDC knows specific facts about Zika but does not yet have a vaccine or cure.
What we know (http://www.cdc.gov/zika/about/index.html)
- Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus). These mosquitoes are aggressive daytime biters. They can also bite at night.
- Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects.
- There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.
- The Florida Department of Health has identified an area in one neighborhood of Miami where Zika is being spread by mosquitoes. Learn more about Zika in the U.S.
Please join us for this important informational talk about Zika!