Free Online Zika Virus Course Teaches You What You Need To Know

ALISON has released a comprehensive course on the Zika virus, now experiencing 'explosive' growth worldwide (WHO)

Jan 30, 2016, 07:59 ET from ALISON

GALWAY, Ireland, Jan. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- ALISON, the global free learning pioneer has launched a free course entitled "Zika Virus – What you need to know". The course has been developed by ALISON Pedagogic experts within the guidance issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the US-based Centre for Disease Control (CDC).

The course highlights the virus origins, how people become infected by it, its impact, and how to minimize your risk of acquiring the virus. WHO estimates that over one million Brazilians are now infected with the virus and that it will inevitably spread to North America.

Mike Feerick, Founder & CEO of ALISON, stated, "Free Online Learning via ALISON is well placed to assist in developing public awareness of the risks of the Zika Virus. Our success of educating communities in West Africa about EBOLA tells us just how important our role can be."

ALISON's Head of Content, Dr Eric Corbett, stated, "The free online Zika virus course will assist people of nearly all ages to understand the threat of the virus. Once studied, learners have the option to pass an assessment to certify that they understand the basic risks posed by the Zika virus. Those concerned about the threat should share links to the course through family, friends and online contacts."

ALISON has over one million registered learners in the United States and approaching a half a million registered learners in Brazil, the worst affected country so far in this outbreak.

Launched in 2007, ALISON is one of the world's largest free online learning platforms with 6 million learners and 750,000 graduates worldwide. Pioneering the MOOC movement, ALISON provides 750 free courses at Diploma and Certificate level. ALISON is a for-profit social enterprise based in Ireland. To learn more, please visit

To review the ALISON Course "Zika Virus – What you need to know" click here.

In January 2016, ALISON launched a free English Course for the RIO OLYMPIC games.

For further details about this Press Release, please contact Caroline Duggan, ALISON Media Relations at or +353-87-997-1570

Caroline Duggan
ALISON Media Relations