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To judge when an emerging pathogen enters the historical record, we look to medical journals and the Centers for Disease Control. To judge when an emerging pathogen enters the zeitgiest, we look to panicked news reports and conspiracy theorists on … Continue reading

The Zika virus. It’s making headlines and provoking anxieties. A disease-causing pathogen carried by Aedes mosquitoes—the culprits behind yellow fever, dengue, and chikungunya, among other ills—Zika was isolated in Uganda in the 1940s. Mosquitoes being mosquitoes, and humans having the habit … Continue reading