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Translator's Note Principle Characters Timeline Map 1. Telling the Story 2. Positive for Zika Where it All Began Deciphering an Allergy Epidemic A Mysterious Illness Strikes Bahia 3. The First Generation of Women The Foreigner The Northeasterners 4. Footprints of the Virus The Paralyzing Syndrome The Neuropediatricians from Recife The Doctor from Rural Paraiba 5. Patient Zero 6. The Aftermath 7. Implications for Women Worldwide

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An astonishing investigation into the outbreak and spread of Zika and the resilience of the Brazilian people in the face of the epidemic.

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Debora Diniz is professor of bioethics at the University of Brasilia and an award-winning documentary filmmaker. She is vice-chair of the International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC) board of directors and a member of the Brazilian Ministry of Health's National Network of Specialists on Zika and Related Diseases. Diane Grosklaus Whitty is a translator specialising in the fields of history, health, and the social sciences


Captivating ... the reader is moved through the interviews on a page-turning, well written, and carefully constructed narrative arch. Nevertheless, the book's greatest strength is that it is based on scientifically sound and well conducted ethnographic research. * The Lancet *
Ingeniously crafted and affectingly narrated, Zika is a momentous contribution to the critical study of science and global health. * Joao Biehl, Princeton University *
A masterfully researched and wide-ranging narrative of Zika in Brazil. Unforgettable. * Kearsley Stewart, Duke University *
A compassionate and inclusive look at the impact of the Zika epidemic: from the mothers of affected babies to the race for an effective treatment. * Laura Rodrigues, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine *
Diniz illustrates the devastating effects that Zika's spread has had on impoverished women, and how government scientists and policy makers failed to live up to their responsibilities toward those affected. A brilliant read, highly recommended! * Udo Schuklenk, Queen's University, Canada *

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