Zika virus Overview
Zika virus disease is caused by the Zika virus, which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito (Aedes aegypti
and Aedes albopictus
). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting up to a week, and many people do not have symptoms or will have only mild symptoms.
Vacuna against Zika virus
A single-dose mRNA-based vaccine shows positive results in experimental pharmacology against zika, according to research published today in the journal Nature. We observed a rapid and lasting protective immunity without adverse events. We think this vaccine candidate is a promising strategy in the fight against the Zika virus, said Drew Weissman, lead author of the study.
Zika & Animals
Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes
species mosquito (A. aegypti
and A. albopictus
). These are the same mosquitoes that spread dengue and chikungunya viruses.
New Year update about Zika virus
The Zika virus (ZIKV) is a mosquito-borne virus originally discovered in the Zika Forest area in Uganda in 1947. It was not considered a relevant pathogen for humans until the outbreaks of fever illness that occurred in the Pacific area in 2007, and later in 2013-14. However, it was its arrival and dramatic spread in Brazil and other Latin American and Caribbean countries that alarmed public health authorities and the scientific community.