New study showing mosquito mating a possible key to controlling Zika virus to be outlined during DC event

Cornell-UN sociologist joins to advise developing nations how to prepare

WHO: Cornell Professors Laura Harrington and Alaka Base

  • Harrington,, chair of the Department of Entomology at Cornell University, is a vector biologist and expert on the biology of the main vector of Zika virus, Aedes aegypti. She will discuss the vector ecology and epidemiology side of the Zika infection.
  • Basu is a professor of development sociology at Cornell University and senior fellow at the United Nations Foundation. Basu, an expert in reproductive health and child mortality, will address Zika’s effect on pregnant women and infants.

The panel will be moderated by Liz Szabo, health writer for USA Today.

WHAT: Experts discuss priorities for addressing the Zika virus.

WHEN: March 15, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast starts at 9 a.m. Note: There will be a call-in number for out-of-town reporters.

WHERE: National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington DC

To RSVP please contact Kathleen Corcoran at 202.434.8036 (o), 607.882.3782 (m)

Washington, D.C. Cornell University experts will discuss priorities in addressing the Zika virus. Professor Harrington will describe the epidemiology, transmission, symptoms and control of the vector – which is the only known form of prevention. Professor Basu will discuss the implications of this virus for pregnant women and children. According to health officials, the virus has caused the death of several infants and almost 4,000 cases of microcephaly, a rare brain defect in babies.

About Inside Cornell: This event is part of a series for reporters, held in New York City and Washington, D.C. featuring policy experts from Cornell University. The sessions are on-the-record and guests are welcome to record.

Contact: Kathleen Corcoran
Phone: (202) 434-8036
Cell: (607) 882-3782