Episode 1: Are mosquitos that carry Zika already in the U.S?
An introduction to vector competence and medical geography. How researcher discovered the vector of the Zika virus and how those mosquitoes arrived in the US.
Articles used for the podcast are:
ZIKA VIRUS I). ISOLATIONS AND SEROLOGICAL SPECIFICITY by G. W. A. DICK
HISTORY OF DOMESTICATION AND SPREAD OF AEDES AEGYPTI- A REVIEW by Jeffrey R Powell and Walter J Tabachnick
FIRST DETECTION OF NATURAL INFECTION OF AEDES AEGYPTI WITH ZIKA VIRUS IN BRAZIL AND THROUGHOUT SOUTH AMERICA by Anielly Ferreira-de-Brito et al
Medical geography has a very interesting history and close links with epidemiology. Much of the Zika virus work CDC medical geographers have done has been focused on its potential spread. As you can see from the maps they include both Aedes species to be as cautious as possible with the potential range.
Music for this podcast is by http://www.bensound.com/badass