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Brown Health Experts To Discuss Zika Fact and Fiction

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At Brown University, health experts will sort fact from fiction on the Zika virus on Wednesday. Zika virus has been spreading throughout South America....

At Brown University, health experts will sort fact from fiction on the Zika virus on Wednesday.

Zika virus has been spreading throughout South America. The World Health Organization recently declared it a public health emergency.

But so much is still unknown about the disease. Concerns are growing about the virus’ suspected link to birth defects, but that link has not been confirmed. And there’s still some uncertainty about how the virus spreads.

Brown University officials say they hope to “separate fact from fiction” about the virus at a public discussion Wednesday afternoon.

Brown’s Center for Latin American and Carribbean Studies and the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs are co-sponsoring the panel of medical and global health experts. 

Details about the panel: https://news.brown.edu/articles/2016/02/zika

Close-up of the Zika virus, which is a member of the family Flaviviridae.
Close-up of the Zika virus, which is a member of the family Flaviviridae.