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CDC says Zika virus "not controllable"

David H. O'Connor

Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; Associate Director, Wisconsin National Primate Research Center

Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Tuesday that Zika and other diseases spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito are "not controllable with current technologies." Multiple UW-Madison experts, many featured in a video about the university's Zika research efforts, can discuss Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases. Matthew Aliota and Jorge Osorio are part of the team that first identified Zika in Colombia and are part of ongoing efforts to monitor and thwart spread of the virus in that country, as well as monitor mosquitoes in Wisconsin. Osorio and David O'Connor lead a research team with Aliota, Tom Friedrich, Ted Golos and others now investigating everything from immune responses to Zika infection to the birth defects associated with the virus. Katie Antony, clinical assistant professor of maternal-fetal medicine can also talk about the risks of Zika virus to pregnant women and developing fetuses. Nasia Safdar, associate professor in the department of medicine, can talk about infectious diseases like Zika. Kristen Bernard studies mosquitoes and infectious disease and can discuss monitoring for the virus in Wisconsin.

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Food security and fisheries

Peter McIntyre

Assistant professor, Center for Limnology

Freshwater fish provide protein for the nutritional equivalent of 158 million people around the world, according to a new study from McIntyre and his colleagues. Many of the world's most vulnerable people rely on freshwater fish to thrive. Surprisingly, the diversity of fish species in the world's rivers is not directly tied to how many fish a particular river provides for people.

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AT&T/Time Warner Deal

Peter C. Carstensen

Professor, law

Peter C. Carstensen, an expert on competition law and policy, can comment on talks of a possible deal between AT&T and Time Warner. Acquiring Time Warner would give AT&T, one of the biggest providers of pay-TV and of wireless and home internet service in the U.S., a collection of programming to offer to subscribers, from HBO to NBA basketball to the Cartoon Network

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