JUL 15, 2016 02:57 PM PDT
Has the Zika Virus Peaked in Latin America?
WRITTEN BY: Julianne Chiaet
2 4 164

The Zika epidemic will most likely be over within the next couple years in Latin America, according to a paper published in Science on July 14.

The researchers at the Imperial College London created a timeline predicting the number of Zika infections in Latin America over the next five decades. The graph shows that the epidemic will end within the next 5 years and then, in around 30 years, another Zika outbreak may occur (although not as severe). That said, the researchers say they cannot guarantee there won't be another Zika outbreak for another 30 years. They do, however, believe the lull could last at least 10 years.

Zika has "been burning through the population," said co-author Neil Ferguson. "Sooner or later, it starts to run out of people to infect."

"It's an important and timely analysis," says infectious disease researcher Oliver Pybus of the University of Oxford. "Policymakers would be wise to read it carefully."

Sources: Science News, wochit News via YouTube
About the Author
  • Julianne (@JuliChiaet) covers health and medicine for LabRoots. Her work has been published in The Daily Beast, Scientific American, and MailOnline. While primarily a science journalist, she has also covered culture and Japanese organized crime. She is the New York Board Representative for the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA). • To read more of her writing, or to send her a message, go to Jchiaet.com
You May Also Like
MAY 10, 2018
Videos
MAY 10, 2018
Is It Candy or Vape Juice?
Vaping is extremely popular with young people, sometimes even middle schoolers, but the FDA has partnered with the FTC to warn vape manufacturers that thei
MAY 18, 2018
Videos
MAY 18, 2018
Seeing Inside of a Living Cell
The Allen Institute for Cell Science created a powerful tool for visualizing the human cell, called the Allen Integrated Cell. It will allow researchers to
MAY 19, 2018
Videos
MAY 19, 2018
Making Mini-brains From Neanderthal DNA
In recent years, scientists have turned to a new kind of research model: organoids. They are a miniature, simplified version of human organs that grows as
MAY 20, 2018
Videos
MAY 20, 2018
Why the US still uses Fahrenheit
The US is one of the only countries still using the Imperial System of measurement, which includes our wacky Fahrenheit temperature scale as well as gallon
MAY 28, 2018
Videos
MAY 28, 2018
The Eyes Have It in Brain Mapping
The "eyes" have it, at least in the latest brain mapping research. Scientists at the Korea Brain Research Institute have found a way to map the brain by fo
JUN 10, 2018
Videos
JUN 10, 2018
Here's Why You Shouldn't Hold Your Pee for Too Long
Do you urinate regularly? Science shows that holding in your urine for extended periods of time imposes adverse health effects on your body. Of course, the
Loading Comments...