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The Zika Virus

In 2015, an obscure mosquito-borne virus began spreading in the Western Hemisphere, causing a new pandemic. The little-known Zika virus was first identified in Uganda in 1947. It received scant attention until the infection broke out massively in Latin America and the Caribbean and was associated with an abrupt increase in birth defects. Since the initial reports of Zika virus disease in Brazil, the pandemic has spread rapidly to more than 60 countries and territories in the Americas. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. will discuss the history of Zika virus, the current pandemic, and the biomedical research response.

Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the US National Institutes of Health, where he oversees an extensive research portfolio focused on infectious and immune-mediated diseases. He serves as one of the key advisors to the White House and Department of Health and Human Services on global HIV/AIDS issues, and on initiatives to bolster medical and public health preparedness against emerging infectious disease threats such as pandemic influenza and Zika. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the National Medal of Science, and the Lasker Award for Public Service.

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