Fact Sheet on the Zika Virus available on WHO’s website

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has put a detailed fact sheet on the Zika virus on their website with key information on the infectious disease that is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The fact sheet is available in English and WHO’s five other official languages.

Some key facts on the Zika Viras

  • Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes.
  • People with Zika virus disease usually have a mild fever, skin rash (exanthema) and conjunctivitis. These symptoms normally last for 2-7 days.
  • There is no specific treatment or vaccine currently available.
  • The best form of prevention is protection against mosquito bites.
  • The virus is known to circulate in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific.

The fact sheet gives a detailed explanation on the signs and symptoms, the transmission, diagnosis, prevention and the treatment.READ MORE

Planet 9 press announcement. Only for the select and chosen few!

Dear Curtis Brainard,
President of the WFSJ

I am writing this open letter to you and fellow science journalists to raise a concern I had about the press announcement of the possible Planet 9 on Wednesday 20 January.

The first time that the vast majority of science journalists knew about the story was when details of the research were published at Noon EST in Astronomy Journal published by the Institute of Physics.READ MORE

Mexican Network of Science Journalists (RedMPC) Creates Association

The City of Mexico City signed a formal agreement on January 12th for the official creation of the Mexican Network of Science Journalists (RedMPC), a civil association and the first of its kind in the country.

RedMPC is created by 29 founding members, all of whom are journalists or communicators and students sharing an interest in strengthening and promoting high-quality science journalism. READ MORE