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Intermediate Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 11 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 hours...
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English

Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese (Brazilian), Spanish...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Introducing Zika virus, its vectors and its hosts

Module 1 introduces Zika virus as a whole. In this module you will increase your knowledge about the virus, its life cycle, its possible mutation, and its transmission patterns through different vectors and hosts (mosquitoes and human beings). You will learn also about its discovery and the possible origin of the current outbreak that started in Brazil and spread out through South America. Finally, we will discover together the strategy developed by this virus to develop and evolve to survive. Prof. Duane Gubler will start by talking about the Emergence of Zika virus and its different hosts and vectors, followed by Dr. Anna-Bella Failloux who will make you discover the cycle of Zika virus and its vectors, all travelling together. Finally, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove will close this module by covering the sexual transmission of Zika virus and its persistency in body fluids. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 36 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
1.1 Emergence of Zika virus and its different hosts and vectors - Interview with Prof. Duane Gubler8m
1.2 Cycle of Zika virus and its vector-travelling togetherInterview with Dr. Anna-Bella Failloux8m
1.3 What about sexual transmission of Zika virus and persistency? - Interview with Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove2m
Extra - Multi Aedes: mosquito in many places and host of many viruses - Interview with Prof. Patrice Bourée3m
Reading3 readings
Helpful websites regarding the Zika phenomenon10m
Recommended readings10m
Recommended video links10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Introducing Zika virus, its vectors and its hosts14m
Week
2
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Following the tracks of Zika virus

Module 2 relates how Zika virus left the remote African forests towards new destinations across the world partly by globalization and climate change. In this module you will increase your knowledge about the developing of a “love story” with human beings through globalisation. You will also learn how shifts in precipitation levels and temperature caused by climate change, and notably el Niño and la Niña phenomenons, may result into increased survival and/or migration of the virus through vectors into previously non-endemic geographic areas outside the tropical areas. You will also get better knowledge in the characteristics of the recent Zika outbreak in Brazil by local specialists. Dr. Frédéric Simard will start with the relationship between globalization and increased mosquito preference for humans. Then Joint Prof. Aline Philibert and Prof. Antoine Flahault will show you how climate changes can be indirectly and/or directly related to the transmission of Aedes and then Zika virus. Finally, Prof. Aluisio Cotrim Segurado and Prof. Paolo Zanotto of the University of São Paulo will describe the emergence of the outbreak as well as risks and challenges associated with....
Reading
6 videos (Total 28 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
2.2 Climate, vectors, and virus: a long-term love story - Interview with Ass. Prof. Aline Philibert8m
2.3 El Niño or La Niña may influence Aedes distribution time - Interview with Prof. Antoine Flahault4m
2.4 Introduction of Zika outbreak in Brazil - Interview with Prof. Aluisio Cotrim Segurado4m
2.5 Particularities of Zika introduction in Brazil - Interview with Prof. Paolo Zanotto2m
Extra - Networking between laboratories to better counteract Zika virus - Interview with Prof. Paolo Zanotto3m
Reading2 readings
Recommended readings10m
Recommended video links10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Following the tracks of Zika virus14m
Week
3
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Prevention and control

Module 3 presents the different types of vector prevention and control. You will get knowledge on the history of vector control and the lessons we have learnt over time. You will also be taught about large-scale control programmes that are now taking place to eradicate mosquitoes in many parts of the world. Beside the common use of insecticides you will explore one new “ecological” technology based on a bacteria that live within the mosquito Aedes. Prof. James Webb will start by talking about the history of vector control and eradication over time. Then, Dr. Frédéric Simard will explain who should be targeted first to prevent vector and virus transmission. You will explore with Prof. John Vontas the molecular analysis of insecticide resistance in major mosquito vectors from mechanisms to resistance management. Finally, Prof. Scott O’Neill will explain you the new and ecofriendly technology of vector control with the Wolbachia bacteria....
Reading
7 videos (Total 37 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
3.2 Who and how to protect the persons at the frontline of virus emergence? - Interview with Dr. Frédéric Simard2m
3.3 How can we protect ourselves from Zika? - Interview with Prof. Patrice Bourée2m
3.4 Molecular analysis of insecticide resistance in major mosquito vectors: from mechanisms to resistance management - Interview with Prof. John Vontas12m
3.5 Wolbachia infections in mosquitoes to control Zika - Interview with Prof. Scott O'Neill7m
Extra - Extra activities to better prevent and care epidemics in French Guyana - Interview with Prof. Patrice Bourée1m
Extra - New research on vector control - Interview with Ass. Prof. John Vontas3m
Reading2 readings
Recommended readings10m
Recommended video links10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Prevention and control14m
Week
4
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

This module addresses symptoms, diagnosis and treatment regarding Zika infection. You will discover the challenges related to the two main types of diagnoses, clinical and biochemical (molecular or serological) diagnoses. You will learn that most cases are asymptomatic cases and this causes an issue to forecast virus origin and its transmission to new areas. You will also learn that currently licenced vaccines or medicines to treat Zika are missing. For now, treatment consists of relieving pain, fever, and any other symptoms. Prof. Patrice Bourée will start by listing the known symptoms and diagnosis. You will learn with Prof. Laurent Kaiser about the paradox between the limitation in clinical investigation and the strong technology currently available. Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove will explain you the different types of diagnoses and their limitations. Prof. Ester Sabino will tell you the diagnostic challenges they experienced at the beginning of the Zika outbreak in Brazil. Finally, Dr. Paulo Lee Ho and Dr. In-Kyu Yoon will close the module by telling you how the race is on to develop a Zika vaccine....
Reading
6 videos (Total 27 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
4.2 Paradox between strong technology and limitation in clinical investigation - Interview with Prof. Laurent Kaiser6m
4.3 Challenges for clinical and biochemical diagnosis - Interview with Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove1m
4.4 Diagnostic challenges during Zika epidemic in Brazil - Interview with Prof. Ester Sabino3m
4.5 Vaccine, where are we? - Interview with Dr. Paulo Lee Ho5m
4.6 Experience from Dengue vaccine, a blessing for Zika research - Interview with Dr. In-Kyu Yoon3m
Reading2 readings
Recommended readings10m
Recommended video links10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment14m

Instructors

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Antoine Flahault

Professor of Public Health and Director of the Institute of Global Health (Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva) and co-Director of Centre Virchow-Villermé (Université Paris Descartes)
University of Geneva and Université Paris Descartes – Sorbonne Paris Cité
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Aline Philibert (In Partnership with UNIGE)

Assistant Professor
Université Paris Descartes – Sorbonne Paris Cité and Université du Québec à Montréal (UQUÀM)
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Arnaud Fontanet (in Partnership with UNIGE)

Director Center for Global Health – Head of Emerging Diseases Epidemiology Unit
Institut Pasteur
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Henri-Jean Philippe (In Partnership with UNIGE)

Gynecologist, Obstetrician - Head of Department at the Hôpital Cochin
Université Paris Descartes

About University of Geneva

Founded in 1559, the University of Geneva (UNIGE) is one of Europe's leading universities. Devoted to research, education and dialogue, the UNIGE shares the international calling of its host city, Geneva, a centre of international and multicultural activities with a venerable cosmopolitan tradition....

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