Multi-disciplinary team publishes their work on the molecular, clinical, and phylogenetic analyses of Zika virus from Haitian plasma specimens.

Scientists from the UF College of Public Health (Dept. of Environmental and Global Health and from Department of Health Services Research, Management, and Policy) , from the UF College of Medicine, the UF Emerging Pathogens Institute,  the Christianville Foundation School Clinic of  Gressier, Haiti,  and from the Istituto Superiore di Sanita, Rome, Italy, announced their findings in an article titled “Zika virus outbreak in Haiti in 2014: molecular and clinical data” which was published 25 April 2016 in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases (http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0004687).  An interesting aspect of this work is that the virus was isolated from specimens drawn in Dec. 2014, before widespread reports of Zika virus surfaced from Brazil in May of 2015, and approximately one year before a Zika epidemic was declared in Haiti in Jan. 2016.  An important conclusion of this work is that the Zika virus epidemic in the Americas shows complex dissemination patterns.

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