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Zika Epidemic Likely to End Within Three Years

(Imperial College London) The current Zika epidemic in Latin America is likely to burn itself out within three years, suggests new research.
The findings, from scientists at Imperial College London, also conclude that the epidemic cannot be contained with existing control measures. The team, who published their findings in the journal Science, predict the next large-scale epidemic is unlikely to emerge for at least another ten years -- although there is a possibility of smaller outbreaks in this time.
Professor Neil Ferguson, lead author of the research from the School of Public Health at Imperial, explained: "This study uses all available data to provide an understanding of how the disease will unfold -- and allows us to gauge the threat in the imminent future. Our analysis suggests that Zika spread is not containable, but that the epidemic will burn itself out within 2-3 years."
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