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Zika and Microencephaly 0 S. Puri Hello! So I'm sure everyone has been soaked with the news articles Brazil's increase in microencephaly and the potential link to Zika. I've been trying to find research articles on it but can't find much. I know this stuff is very new, but I wonder what everyone thinks of this connection. Other than Brazil and a few cases in French Polynesia, do we know if there are case of microencephaly in other countries that are seeing zika? (Colombia, for instance). I wonder what the evolutionary advantage of crossing a placental barrier would be, for a virus like zika. At best it seems like a side effect of increased viremia, but do we even have evidence of increased viremia? And I wonder if we indeed have any research that has established a biological basis of this connection.  What are your thoughts?  
by S. Puri
Friday, January 8, 2016
Chikungunya testing 1 A. Kjemtrup I thought Quest was forwarding samples to Focus. We have not received any results directly from Quest.At least we just received notification 10/07/2014 from a neighboring State DOH that a physician requested testing of Labcorp Birmingham. They forwarded the sample to Quest Diagnostics Nicholls who forwarded the sample to Focus Diagnostics in Cypress CA.
by C. Scott-Waldron
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Welcome to the VBD Subcommittee Discussion Board Forums 0 D. Shah  Welcome to the Vectorborne Diseases Subcommittee Discussion Board Forums! This members-only resource allows members to share protocols and best practices with each other and serves as a medium for jurisdictions to pose questions/concerns and engage in open discussion with other jurisdictions on issues of importance to vectorborne disease epidemiology. Attached (see below) are the instructions for accessing and using the VBD discussion board forums. For questions or additional information, please contact Dhara Patel at the CSTE National Office at dpatel@cste.org.   
by D. Shah
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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