The number of Zika notifications has dropped over the past week, but this may be due to both less intense testing as well as the recent ongoing heavy rainfall – dengue notifications have similarly fallen. Initial aggressive mosquito control measures are likely to have also contributed significantly.
We can probably expect more publications in the near future. I am starting to re-think through the issues of academic publishing and outbreaks. There are inherent issues with the current model of academia that are well known, including the impact factor chase, over-rewarding of “novelty”, and excessive importance attached to authorship positions. All of which appear to be magnified and to create negative incentives for thorough collaborative academic work in the setting of epidemics.