close
Health

First Zika case reported in RI

virginia-lab-approved-to-test-for-zika

“And while they are fiddling, American lives, people overseas, their lives are at risk, and we are telling American women don’t get pregnant”.

Zika virus was first described in Uganda in 1947. He advises those women not to travel to areas where the Zika virus is circulating. To avoid bites, the Health Services Department encourages residents to do all they can to prevent swarms of mosquitoes from gathering on their property.

“Globally, we predict that over 2.17 billion people live in areas that are environmentally suitable for Zika virus transmission”, they wrote. There has been some evidence of neurological effects in adults as well.

The Zika virus also can be spread through sex.

“It’s scary to know so little about something that can be so devastating”, says Katrina Larkin, a UW-Madison undergraduate student and a study co-author.

Luckily, the Aedes aegyptimosquito has been studied for some time, due to its ability to serve as a vector for multiple diseases, including dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, and now, Zika.

For weeks, Democrats have heaped political pressure on Republicans to pony up funds for Zika and other crises, including the lead-tainted water emergency in Flint, Michigan, and the prescription opioids and heroin epidemic. “Zika virus has received a lot of attention as a disease that can be transmitted by some mosquitoes, but there are other mosquito-borne diseases as well, including West Nile virus”. “There’s other viruses that are transmitted sexually and there’s other viruses that are transmitted from mother to fetus”. Symptoms usually appear within three to 14 days after infection. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called for the cooperation of all New Yorkers in this campaign against the Zika virus.

The latest research showed mapping Zika was more complex than simply defining where the mosquito can survive. The virus was 100 percent fatal in mice at all doses, which is an effect not seen in humans. This could mean that recent outbreaks are descended from an “Asian lineage” of the virus.

Zika virus disease (Zika) is a disease caused by Zika virus that is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito“. Zika has been linked to a microcephaly outbreak throughout Central and South America. However, a vaccine will take years before it’s available to the public.

There are ways the general population can assist in controlling a Zika virus outbreak. Valderramos says the explanation could be purely methodological; her team, and scientists before her, have not sampled enough mosquitoes to have a comprehensive picture of all the possible Zika virus strains in the world.

Benjamin Loveless

The author Benjamin Loveless

Leave a Response