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II Round Table: Zika Virus. How Big a Threat?

March 22, 2016

For the past several months, the mosquito-borne Zika Virus has emerged as a global public health threat in Latin America and beyond. It is associated with microcephaly in newborns and potentially connected to cases of paralysis in adults. Recent scientific studies suggest that Zika can be spread through sexual contact (via semen) and blood transfusions. This roundtable convenes experts in epidemiology, obstetrics and gynecology, and Brazilian public health to provide accurate and up-to-date information on the current status of the virus. In addition to explaining science and public health, this roundtable will consider how Zika is affecting pregnant women and women of conceptive age, as well as challenging strict abortion laws in place Latin America.


Alexandra Minna Stern (moderator): Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Director, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Brazil Initiative; Department of American Culture, University of Michigan

Marilia Carvalho: Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Mark Chames: Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Michigan

Aubree Gordon: Epidemiology, University of Michigan

Mark Wilson: Epidemiology, University of Michigan