Zika virus

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    Avoid Zika virus infection during trips abroad

     By Dr. Nicole Lurie, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  The Zika virus is causing devastating birth defects in countries with outbreaks of the virus. It also causes bad pregnancy outcomes, like miscarriage and stillbirth, and can cause serious neurologic problems as...
  • The Aedes aegypti mosquito can infect humans with the Zika virus when it takes a blood meal. Credit: Sanofi Pasteur, FlickrCC.

    Can we ward off the spread of the Zika virus

    Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss / EarthTalk Zika virus, first discovered in Uganda’s Zika Forest in 1947, is transmitted to humans and other mammals through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito, and typically causes only a mild and short-term illness (fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis) that likely immunizes...
  • An Aedes albopictus female mosquito feeds on a human blood meal.

Photo by James Gathany, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


    At southeastern Brazil’s town of Piracicaba, genetic engineering is being used to produce modified sterile mosquitoes being used to reduce the mosquito as a vector of the ZIKA VIRUS. In such treated areas, the mosquito population is reduced by some 80%. The genetically engineered mosquito clones are sterile; so...