Zeroing in on Zika. Examinando el virus Zika.

Excerpted from ManhattanTimes
By Gregg McQueen
June 8, 2016

"Because many residents visit the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and other Latin American countries during the summer months, it is particularly important that they are aware of the importance of protecting themselves from Zika," said Kiran Thakur, MD, ‎Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at Columbia University Medical Center.


The Dominican Republic now has more than 2,000 suspected cases of Zika, Thakur noted.


She recommended that travelers to Zika-prone areas wear long clothing and use insect repellent during their trip. "Prevention is the key," stated Thakur. "Preventing mosquito bites is the way we’re going to control this virus."


Zika can be transmitted from mosquito bites, blood transfusions or sexual contact.


"We want to get the word out that this is a sexually transmitted disease," Thakur said.


She added that there are several myths floating around about the Zika virus, including that the disease can be contracted from larvicide or vaccines." [read more]