FutureLearn, a UK-based online learning company, has announced a new, free course entitled "Preventing the Zika Virus: Understanding and Controlling the Aedes Mosquito." MPFPD CERTs will recall that our last Silver Dragon Exercise focused on a countywide Zika virus response.
The course description states "The Zika virus is suspected to be the cause of cases of microcephaly in newborns in South America, and this outbreak has now been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization. With global attention towards this disease increasing rapidly, it is becoming clear that there is limited knowledge around how the carriers, or vectors, of Zika, are best avoided and controlled. <read more>
I have taken courses from FutureLearn and have found them to be of very good quality. For example, I recently completed a course they offered on Flu pandemics. I plan to take this course as well and recommend it to CERTs for their consideration. - Steve Taffee