Zika Virus is scarier than we initially thought
Monday, during a briefing to the press, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that the “Zika virus is scarier than we initially thought.” This is coming on the heels of a request from President Obama to Congress for $1.9 billion to combat the virus. With a much-needed increase in attention and funding directed at the Zika Virus, researchers can continue to search for the most effective treatment and prevention solutions.
Last weekend, at the Experimental Biology Conference in San Diego, Joey Figueroa presented on the “Research Landscape of the Zika Virus.” this analysis used the Web of ScienceTM to analyze the global research activity on Zika virus in peer-reviewed journals, conferences, patents, and datasets. Here are some key findings:
- From 2010 to 2016, publication output on the Zika virus has increased by 1,458 percent, and continuing at pace. Already in 2016, the number of publications on Zika has more than tripled compared with all of 2015.
- This 1952 article on the causative agent, Zika Virus (I). Isolations and serological specificity http://trstmh.oxfordjournals.org/content/46/5/509, has received half of its citations in the last three years, demonstrating its continued relevance to current research.
- The CDC is the most prolific institution publishing on Zika virus.
- The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has funded the greatest number of studies on Zika. Pfizer Inc. is the most prolific corporate funder.
- Amongst academic institutions researching Zika, Washington State University has the highest rate of corporate collaboration.
To see how you can stay connected with the latest research developments on Zika, view the entire presentation here.
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