Johns Hopkins goes all in to fight Zika

The world’s first ‘ multidisciplinary, hospital-based center’ to treat patients and conduct research has opened in Baltimore. In Florida, there was more Zika-related news—and not all comforting.

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Wednesday brought big news from Baltimore.

Leaders at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have opened the world’s first comprehensive hospital-based center dedicated to treatment and research of the Zika virus.

A press release posted on the hospital’s website read, in part:

The Johns Hopkins Wilmer Zika Center is a pioneering collaboration among leaders from theJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Brazilian ophthalmology community. The center was established to facilitate the comprehensive care of patients with Zika virus, including infants with virus-related congenital defects, and to conduct research that helps identify effective therapies and ways to minimize transmission, according to Dr. Peter McDonnell, director of the Wilmer Eye Institute.

It went on to say:

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