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Zika Virus Associated With New Type Of Brain Disease

By Tim Sandle

Rates of Zika virus have been increasing in many countries, with infection primarily through mosquito bites. The disease is associated with several ill-health effects. To add to those previously reported, an association with a new autoimmune disorder has been reported.   Zika virus is a member of the Flaviviridae virus family. In most people, the […]

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Using Mice To Predict Zika Infection In People

By Tim Sandle

In order to assess the risks of Zika virus in people, researchers are using a mouse based animal mo to predict why some people develop symptoms and others do not (Zika is symptomatic in one in four people); over, the research attempts to understand what is happening with babies. It is hoped the insight can […]

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Lighting Up Disease Carrying Mosquitoes

By Tim Sandle

A scientist has devised a simple technique for detecting genetic material from West Nile and chikungunya virus in samples, taken from mosquitoes. To help in the battle against disease carrying mosquitoes, Dr. Robert Meagher, of Sandia National Laboratories, has devised a new method for simultaneously detecting a range of mosquito-borne diseases, such as malaria. To […]

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Tackling Zika By Altering Mosquito Mating Patterns

By Tim Sandle

Scientists are considering attempting to influence mosquito mating patterns in a bid to slowdown the spread of Zika virus disease. The viral disease has been known of since it was discovered in Uganda in 1947. However, it is only in the past year that the disease has become one of global concern. As reported previously […]

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Genetically Modified Mosquitoes To Be Tested in Florida

By Tim Sandle

As a consequence of the Zika virus threat, a British-based biotechnology company is to begin tests on a genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquito, designed to try to stop transmission of the disease. The idea is to use a mosquito that has been genetically modified male mosquito that, when it breeds with females, produces offspring that […]

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Aim To Get Zika Out Of The Way Before Olympics

By Tim Sandle

With athletes considering pulling out, especially women, Olympics chiefs are getting nervous. The reason? The next summer Olympics is taking place in Brazil, the epicenter of the Zika virus outbreak. Zika virus disease is spread by mosquitoes, and causes a mild fever in 1 out of 4 people bitten. Although the fever dies away in a […]

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Zika Virus Kills Brain Cells

By Tim Sandle

Further evidence that the Zika virus affects the brain of the developing child has been reported by scientists. Zika virus, as The Latest News has reported, is a  mosquito-borne flavivirus. The worst hit territory is Brazil, however incidences have now been reported in 26 countries. While most adults are unaffected, or show only mild feverish symptoms, […]

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Zika Vaccine In Development

By Tim Sandle

The Zika virus disease has been causing problems in several tropical zones, with the majority of incidents located in Brazil. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The virus is passed on through a bite from an infected mosquito, which leaves viral particles in the blood […]

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Which Viruses Should We Be Nervous About?

By Tim Sandle

Zika virus disease is big news, particularly in relation to mothers in Brazil and the possible connection to the foetal head disorder microcephaly. The Latest News has recently loed at how the Zika virus is spreading and the risks associated with the virus in terms of transmission by sexual intercourse. With the World health Organization […]

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Zika Could Be Sexually Transmitted

By Tim Sandle

News has come in from the U.S. to suggest that the Zika virus could be sexually transmitted (‘horizontal transfer from a non-mosquito source’, as some scientists have inelegantly described the event). This is case based on a man who had the virus seemingly passing it onto his partner. This event is regarded as highly probable […]

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