Reporting Zika, Without Panic

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Fumigation in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

Last month, reporter Jonathan Katz was in Haiti when he got a rash on his face and chest and a low-grade fever. He had Zika, despite taking steps to avoid mosquito bites. His mild symptoms, however, didn't match the panic he saw reflected in the U.S. press, where "first cases" were being reported as breaking news. Katz talks to Brooke about how the Zika virus panic compares to threats like dengue and malaria, and what we've learned about threat coverage from recent outbreaks like Ebola. Katz is also the author of The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster.