UF: Data analysis looks at Zika’s introduction to Americas, predicts microcephaly cases

UF: Data analysis looks at Zika’s introduction to Americas, predicts microcephaly cases

UF: Data analysis looks at Zika’s introduction to Americas, predicts microcephaly cases

Researchers at the University of Florida and several peer institutions have developed a model mapping the spread of Zika virus in the Americas and predicting that the virus arrived in Brazil in late 2013 or early 2014 before spreading throughout the region. The model also projects the number of microcephaly cases that will occur by the end of the year, with hundreds of cases in Mexico, Haiti and Colombia, and thousands of cases in Brazil due to Zika virus infection.

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