Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A Massachusetts resident has reportedly returned from a trip to South America infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus. But is there a risk to Rhode Island?

Zika has sickened more than a million Brazilians since May, and may be the cause – although it’s not certain yet – of a serious birth defect. But Hasbro children’s hospital infectious disease specialist Michael Smit,MD says it’s too early to panic about that kind of outbreak in North America.

Amory Ross / Team Alvimedica

The six sailing teams in the Volvo Ocean Race are speeding closer to Newport, where they’re expected to dock later this week. The race is one of the biggest in the sailing world, covering some 40-thousand nautical miles. It takes nine months to complete. Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender caught up with a sailor on one of the boats. Nick Dana hails from Newport, at 29,  he’s one of the youngest crew members for Team Alvimedica. Dana spoke by a satellite phone as the team heads from Brazil towards the east coast.


Brown University is taking steps to establish itself as the premier center in the US for the study of Brazil, and it’s starting things off by making a trove of once-classified documents accessible to the public.