Zika MOOC: In the footsteps of Zika...approaching the unknown



‘In the footsteps of Zika… approaching the unknown’ MOOC is available online, for free (for a year) and has been translated into four languages (English, French, Portuguese and Spanish).

This MOOC has been produced by Université de Genève, Institut Pasteur, Université Paris Descartes and Centre Virchow-Villermé. With the help of faculty members and international experts, this MOOC will explore the recent Zika phenomenon.

This MOOC covers a range of topics, such as epidemiology, historical and geographical dispersion of the virus and its vectors through globalization and climate change, its modes of transmission, but also the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. The different types of preventive measures will be also covered. A special module will focus on possible neurological adverse effects such as the risk for birth defects (microcephaly) in pregnant women, while another one will examine the peripheral nerve paralysis called the Guillain-Barré syndrome.

Professor Tom Solomon, Director of the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections, has been involved in the module which addresses what is known and unknown about the neurological adverse effects of the Zika virus in French Polynesia and in Brazil.  Professor Solomon's lecture on Neurological Complications of Flaviviruses focusing on the effects of Zika in adults closes the module. 

Who is this MOOC for?
The central idea of this course is to bring together participants around the world having a strong interest in Zika. The course welcomes persons from multiple fields and different backgrounds, including researchers, professors and students in related academic fields, health care professionals, policy makers and stakeholders working with Zika related issues, and also anyone who is looking forward to knowing more about this outbreak without borders.

Enrollment onto the MOOC is available now: https://www.coursera.org/learn/zika
The course material can be accessed online from 3 October.

Posted on: 26/09/2016