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Zika Virus: Another Culprit Found

Before the study, only Aedes aegypti mosquito was considered to contain Zika virus

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Publish Date: Jul 23 2016 2:22PM | Updated Date: Jul 23 2016 2:22PM

Zika Virus: Another Culprit Found

 

 
After Aedes aegypti mosquito, the insect responsible for dengue and chikungunya, Brazilian scientists have found another type of mosquito that is responsible for the transmission of Zika virus.
 
Since October 2015, about 1700 cases of microcephaly in newborns have been detected in Brazil. 
 
So, the scientists researched on the Culex quinquefasciatus, which is also known as the domestic mosquito in Brazil, especially in Recife region, where the majority of Zika cases in the country have been registered.
 
In the research that was undertaken by the Brazilian laboratory Fundacion Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz), the Culex quinquefasciatus mosquito was found with Zika virus. The research was done on 80 groups of the mosquito, out of which three were found to be infected by the deadly virus. 
 
Moreover, these groups of mosquito were not fed that confirmed that these groups contained virus already in them and the virus did not come due to biting some infected persons. 
 
Also, the research showed that the count of the newly found Zika mosquito is 20 times more than Aedes aegypti, that can make the disease another epidemic for the country of Brazil.