February 10, 2016 at 11:00 AM
Taking on the Zika virus, from tackling the disease itself, to killing the mosquitoes that carry it to the challenge of birth control.
In this Feb. 1, 2016 photo, a technician from the British biotec company Oxitec, inspects the pupae of genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, a vector for transmitting the Zika virus, in Campinas, Brazil. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
The Zika virus is still on a roll. And getting everybody’s attention. U.S. Olympic soccer star Hope Solo says if she had to choose today she would not attend the Rio Olympics this summer. Too much risk to a baby. In Brazil, they’re sending 200,000 soldiers out this weekend to try to and knock back the mosquitos. In the US, President Obama has asked for almost $2 billion to fight Zika. This hour On Point, what it’s really going to take to tackle the Zika virus, here and abroad.
— Tom Ashbrook
Andrew Pekosz, virologist and molecular microbiologist. Director of the Center for Emerging Viruses and Infectious Diseases at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. (@andrewpekosz)
Megan Wise de Valdez, biologist and zoologist and professor of biology at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Expert on mosquitoes and vector-borne diseases.
Carl Kendall, professor of public health and director of the Center for Global Health Equity at Tulane University.