Zika Research

July 6, 2016

Dr. Eli Rosenberg, assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health, focuses much of his research efforts on HIV/AIDS prevention. Through his work as a guest researcher in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Rosenberg has begun assisting colleagues in the Dengue Branch as they explore the epidemiology of Zika. 

"We are trying to understand, for people infected by Zika, what is the course of infection during the weeks and months after infection."

At the time of this interview, May 15, 2016, the primary people at risk are those who live in or are visiting areas where Zika is active and those who have sex with others who have been infected with Zika. At present, researchers have found that Zika persists in the blood for up to a week. What is less clear is how long Zika exists in other bodily fluids.

Most infected with Zika do not show symptoms. For the rare cases that do show symptoms, they're very nonspecific and include: rash, fever, joint pain, and red eyes.

Watch the video above to hear Dr. Rosenberg speak about his Zika research in collaboration with the CDC.

How to prevent Zika-CDC guidelines