WHO may be leading Brazil down wrong path on Zika virus
RIO DE JANEIRO — The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Mar. 24, 2016
When Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced new funding to fight the Zika epidemic in her country on Wednesday, she emphasized how mysterious the virus is: “We know that the transmission of the Zika virus happens through the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, but the rest of our knowledge … is still below what’s necessary for us effectively to protect the health of our people.”
But Ms. Rousseff was wrong. Her government does not know even this one fact about Zika. Although there is good cause to suspect that Aedes aegypti, the mosquito species with distinctive black-and-white striped legs, is the agent of infection, there are no confirmed findings of the virus in aegypti in Brazil.