Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Zika Virus: Separating Fact from Fiction

Wednesday, February 10, 2016


Joukowsky Forum

The aim of this panel discussion is to separate “fact from fiction” about the Zika virus, especially as the public fear level rises in tandem with increasing media coverage. The discussion will center on the epidemiology of the Zika virus as well as the kinds of public health policy responses that are appropriate based on what we know about Zika from medical science and public health research. For example, does it make sense in terms of medical science to advise

women not to get pregnant until 2018, as the government of El Salvador has apparently done?

Follow the discussion on Twitter at #Zika


Brenna L. Hughes, M.D., M.Sc (Warren Alpert Medical School)

Mark Lurie, Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Brown University School of Public Health)

Maria Mileno, M.D. (Warren Alpert Medical School)

Rebecca Reece, M.D., Medical Consultant, Rhode Island Department of Health’s Division of Preparedness, Response, Infectious Disease, and Emergency Medical Services