Understanding the Zika Virus

March 8th, 2016
Charles Commons Barber Conference Room

If you’ve heard about the Zika virus and are wondering what it is, you’re not alone. Cases of this emerging infectious disease are soaring in the Americas and spreading explosively. For most people, the Zika virus causes only a brief, mild flu-like illness. But in pregnant women it has been linked to an alarming increase in the rate of the birth defect known as microcephaly—a debilitatingly small head and brain size. The clusters of birth defects linked to the Zika virus are an international public health emergency.

Come learn more about the Zika Virus through this event co-sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Brazilian Students Association. Guest speakers are Dr. Ian Saldanha, scientist at Bloomberg School of Public Health's epidemiology department, and Dr. Jeanne Sheffield, Director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. 

Dinner will also be provided!