Johns Hopkins Takes the Lead on Zika Research

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As non-travel related cases of Zika virus are now being reported within the U.S., there’s an increasing urgency to learn more about the disease (and how to fight it). Enter Johns Hopkins.

Yesterday, the university announced the opening of the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Zika Center, the first such facility to take a concentrated and multi-disciplinary look at the newest public health threat. The center will draw on the combined expertise from across the Hopkins community, including experts in epidemiology, infectious diseases, maternal-fetal medicine, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pediatrics, physiotherapy, psychiatry, and social work.

The primary focus of the center will be on treating Zika patients, with a secondary emphasis on research. “Patients will no longer be required to travel to multiple centers for care relating to Zika virus,” Hopkins opthamologist William May told the Hopkins Hub. “Physicians and staff members in various departments at Johns Hopkins will be available to provide comprehensive care to patients within one institution.”

At this point, there have been nearly 2,000 documented cases of Zika reported within the continental U.S.

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