Posts Tagged Zika virus

Mosquitoes: Biology, Repellents & Bite Relief…

Nothing ruins a perfect summer evening like the whine of a mosquito in search of a warm meal. There are 176 species of these annoying insects in the United States and more than 3,000 species throughout the world… These little unwelcomed creatures affect all of us, read all about them here: https://www.livescience.com/45404-mosquito-bites.html Advertisements

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Zika hasn’t been in the news much, but that doesn’t mean it’s gone…

Less than a year after the World Health Organization declared Zika is no longer a public health emergency, the virus seems to have fallen from public consciousness, at least outside of heavily affected areas… Read the rest of the article here at sciencenews.org: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/zika-virus-outbreak-decline-herd-immunity?tgt=nr

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Disease Burden Growing as Vector Insects Adapt to Climate Change | Inter Press Service… 

A health research report examining,  “evolutionary changes in the life cycle of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads the yellow and dengue fevers as well as the chikungunya and Zika viruses…” Read the report here at ipsnews.net: http://www.ipsnews.net/2017/04/disease-burden-growing-as-vector-insects-adapt-to-climate-change/

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More mosquito species than previously thought may transmit Zika… 

Summary:  Zika virus could be transmitted by more mosquito species than those currently known, according to a new predictive model created by ecologists…  Scary health news from sciencedaily.com:More mosquito species than previously thought may transmit Zika. 

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Zika virus can live for hours on hard, non-porous surfaces… 

Summary from sciencedaily.com:  The Zika virus is most commonly transmitted in humans as the result of a bite from an infected mosquito or from an infected human to another human. What is not well known is that the virus also can be transmitted via the environment if an individual is pricked with an infected needle […]

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Clues in Zika’s genome…

University of Utah chemists have found that the Zika virus contains genetic structures similar to other viruses in the Flaviviridae family, and that these structures may serve as potential antiviral drug targets. Source eurekalert.org: Clues in Zika’s genome

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Reported Cases of Zika Virus Worldwide (Infographic)…

Map showing countries that have reported virus transmission, cases of the virus, or historical cases prior to 2015. Source livescience.com: Reported Cases of Zika Virus Worldwide (Infographic)

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Facts about the Zika virus…

Zika virus is an emerging mosquito-borne virus that was first identified in Uganda in 1947 in rhesus monkeys through a monitoring network of sylvatic yellow fever. Source World Health Organisation: Zika virus

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